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 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:

28107: Mesopotamia

28108: Mesopotamia

28109: Hong Kong, China, Aden, South Africa, Singapore, Bermuda, troop ships at sea

28110: Constantinople

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

28116: India

28117: India

28118: India

28119: India

28120: India

28121: India

28122: India

28123: India

28124: India

28125: Ireland

28126: Ireland

28127: Ireland

28128: Ireland

28129: Ireland

28130: Ireland

28131: Ireland

28132: Ireland

28133: Ireland

28134: Malta

28135: Mesopotamia & Persian Gulf

28136: Mesopotamia

28137: Palestine

28138: Germany

28139: The British Upper Silesian Force

28140: Guernsey & Alderney

28141: Jersey

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!

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