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 termed a ‘piece’ and there were 35 separate pieces which detailed where the British Army was stationed. It is possible to narrow your search by the piece number and by so doing you can view all the records in a single volume. Here is the list of pieces for the British Army overseas in the 1921 Census of England and Wales:
28109: Hong Kong, China, Aden, South Africa, Singapore, Bermuda, troop ships at sea
28111: Egypt, Sudan & Cyprus
28112: Egypt & Sudan
28113: Egypt & Sudan
28114: France & Flanders, Jamaica, Southampton Water
28115: Trinidad, Gibraltar, Mauritius, troop ship at sea, Poland, Sierra Leone
28135: Mesopotamia & Persian Gulf
28139: The British Upper Silesian Force
28140: Guernsey & Alderney
Remember, these are the locations for the British Army overseas only. There will be other units which werestationed in England and Wales (and which share piece numbers witt other households and establishments) and units that were stationed in Scotland too. The Scottish Census for 1921 will hopefully be published later this year.
Findmypast is the exclusive provider of the 1921 census of England & Wales and so unless you pay a visit in person to The National Archives, Manchester Central Library or the National Library of Wales in Abersystwyth where you can view the census free of charge, you’ll only be able to view the census on Findmypast. Find your British Army Ancestors in the 1921 Census!