2nd Lt Richard Dean; XXVI Bde, Royal Field Artillery

Posted on: 18, July, 2020
Richard Deane, Royal Field Artillery

Richard Deane, or Richard John Deane to give him his full name, was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire on 19th May 1898.  He was the son of Richard Woodforde Deane of Bedford and Harriet Deane (nee Blencowe) of Chailey.  The 1901 census records the Deane family living at 145 Canterbury Road, Gillingham, Kent.  His father, a […]


Did your British Army Ancestor serve with Siegfried Sassoon?

Posted on: 1, July, 2020
Siegfried Sassoon, 4th Army School, Flixecourt, Somme; May 1916

This photo of Siegfried Sassoon and fellow officers was acquired by British Army Ancestors last year. What it shows is British army officers photographed at the end of a month-long training course at the Fourth Army School at Flixécourt on the Somme in 1916. The photo dates to May 1916 and within six weeks seven of […]


Saltley College Guard 1907

Posted on: 27, June, 2020
Saltley College Guard 1907

These men are from Saltley College Guard and they posed for this photograph in 1907. Saltley Church of England College was a college for teacher training and was latterly known as St Peter’s College. Originally the Worcester, Lichfield & Hereford Diocesan Training College, it was built in open countryside in 1852 around a quadrangle in the […]


Find-a-Medal service launched

Posted on: 13, June, 2020

On the 2nd June I announced that British Army Ancestors had launched a Find-a-Photo service. Today I am pleased to announce that a medals wanted service – Find-a-Medal  – has now also been launched. I see too that on the 2nd June the number of British Army soldier photos on this site stood at 84,000. […]


Find-a-Photo service launched

Posted on: 2, June, 2020

British Army Ancestors has launched a new Find-a-Photo service which aims to harness the powers of internet search to help users find photos of British soldiers. At the time of writing, there are just over 84,000 photos British Army photos that have been published on the British Army Ancestors website. Thousands more photos are published […]


VE Day – 75th Anniversary

Posted on: 8, May, 2020
1783540 Gunner Alfred Hayes, Royal Artillery

My father, born in April 1933, remembers travelling up to the West End with my grandparents to celebrate VE Day on the 8th May 1945. The journey would have been a quick one from their home in Stoke Newington and dad recalls people hanging from lamposts and waving flags; the spontaneous kissing of strangers, and […]


All will be well in time

Posted on: 24, April, 2020
Ernest William Noel Thomas

All will be well in Time tells the story of Ernest William Noel Thomas who was 19 years old when he enlisted in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1915, and only 21 when he was killed in action some two years later. A trainee pharmacist at Boots the Chemist, he was typical of […]


The British Army in the 1911 Census

Posted on: 3, April, 2020
Oxfordhsire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry; India 1911

I have recently added over 130,000 records of British Army soldiers as they appeared in the 1911 Census. The bulk of the data, just over 113,000 records, concerns those men who were enumerated in overseas’ stations, whilst the balance of 17,000 records contains details of men who were stationed in Ireland. As I mention in […]


Sporting a “quiff”

Posted on: 13, March, 2020
sporting a quiff

“The soldier’s chief pride and glory in the early stages of his career seems to lie in his hair. We have all of us, no doubt, noted the peculiarly natty manner in which he is then wont to dress his locks, and, with his forage cap stuck jauntily on the side of his head, promenades […]


18th Manchester Regiment

Posted on: 2, February, 2020
XX Platoon, E Company, 18th Manchester Regiment

I love these group photos and this one is a very typical ‘Pals’ photo showing men of XX Platoon, E Company, 18th Manchester Regiment (3rd City Battalion). Uniforms were in short supply which is why they’re still in their civvies for this photo taken in late 1914 or early 1915. James Cush, 18th Manchester Regiment […]

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