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1921 Census of England & Wales – Half Price SALE!

Posted on: 23, April, 2022
1921 Census 50% sale

1921 Census of England & Wales – Half Price SALE! That’s right, 50% off the cost to view the 1921 Census of England & Wales – but be quick! Millions of the soldiers who appear on this British Army Ancestors website, and/or their family members, re-surface in the 1921 Census of England & Wales. This means […]

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The British Army overseas in 1921

Posted on: 30, March, 2022

The British Army overseas in 1921 is now easy enough to find. Findmypast has comprehensively indexed the 1921 census of England & Wales and also produced a handy table showing the various worldwide locations – which includes Ireland and the Channel Islands – where the British Army was stationed. Each volume of census returns is […]

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1921 census – a legacy of suffering

Posted on: 26, March, 2022

1921 census – a legacy of suffering. It sounds dramatic, but let’s not beat about the bush here. Close to 800,000 men did not appear in the 1921 census because they’d been killed in action, died of wounds or died of sickness and disease between 1914 and 1918. Thousands more had died in the months […]

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Was your British Army Ancestor in uniform in 1921?

Posted on: 17, March, 2022

Was your British Army Ancestor in uniform in 1921? It’s often very tempting to assume that our lack of success in finding a service record for our British Army Ancestors is because of the unerring aim of Luftwaffe bomb-aimers in September 1940. Yes, millions of service records and a good deal more besides was destroyed […]

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Remembering Jack and Stan

Posted on: 11, November, 2021

Today, on the 11th November 2021, it is fitting that I should spend a few minutes remembering two family members who made the supreme sacrifice in two world wars. John Frederick Nixon was my grandfather’s older brother and the second eldest of the five Nixon brothers. Edgar was the eldest, followed by John (known to […]

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1914-1921

Posted on: 30, August, 2021

I’ve recently added records for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1914-1921 to the British Army Ancestors site. That’s 738,386 records of men and women who served with the British Army or Royal Flying Corps who lost their lives during the First World War and immediately afterwards. In each case, these new records include the same […]

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William Polge, William Polliitt & Walter Scrivener remembered

Posted on: 30, July, 2021
William Polge, William Pollitt, Walter Scrivener

Every day on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page I take time to commemorate a British soldier. This post will look at three of the men I have remembered recently; from left to right: William Polge, William Polliitt & Walter Scrivener. William Edwin Polge Second Lieutenant William Edwin Polge of the 7th London Regiment was killed […]

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McCorquodale Roll of Honour

Posted on: 4, April, 2021
McCorquodale Roll of Honour, fallen employees

The McCorquodale Group, founded in 1846 by George McCorquodale when he established McCorquodale & Co Ltd in Newton-le-Willows, was a printing company which, by the time of the First World War, had also opened up branches in Glasgow, London and Wolverton. There were also affiliated companies in Crewe, Flint, Liverpool and Manchester. The McCorquodale Roll […]

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Wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

Posted on: 4, March, 2021
wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

When I was mapping out the functionality of the British Army Ancestors website, I was very clear about one thing: the search functionality had to be both flexible and fast. I believe I have achieved both ends. Fundamental to the flexibility of the site was the ability to use wildcard searching. When it works well […]

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No surviving army records? All is not lost

Posted on: 1, March, 2021
5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, Rifle Brigade

Don’t assume that if there are no surviving army records for your British Army Ancestor, that all is lost. Nothing could be further from the truth. The man on the left of this photo is 5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, a keen athlete and a successful one at that.  The photograph appeared in the Rifle […]

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Do you own medal roll transcriptions from WO 100 or similar? I am seeking to plug known gaps in this database of British Army Ancestors by adding medal roll transcriptions and other databases to this site, thus adding to the 11m+ searchable names you will find here. Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute: paul@britisharmyancestors.co.uk.

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