Your best chance of finding a photo of your British Army Ancestor is here!

Posted on: 21, December, 2020

Earlier this year, I published the 100,000th British Army photo on British Army Ancestors. There are now over 101,000 photos of British soldiers covering the period 1850 to 1947; that’s close to 100 years of history. From its modest launch in 2017, British Army Ancestors has quickly grown to be the number one resource for finding a photo of your British Army ancestor.

But I’m not resting on any laurels here. There are still hundreds of thousands of photos that could be published here. I am grateful to all contributors for posting photos of their own ancestors – THANK YOU to you all – but I know that what I have published is still only the tip of the iceberg.

Highlights this year? Hitting the 100,000 mark was a milestone that at one stage I thought would be a struggle to achieve by the end of the year. Thankfully, due to the efforts of my back-end support team, we did it with months to spare. I have added a number of school rolls, and you’ll also find photos from the Lives of the First World War website here. I am grateful to the IWM for making these available.

Remember too that whilst the expressed aim of British Army Ancestors is to put faces to names, the site can be used as a quick reference for surviving medal records and service records. The 12m-strong database has been compiled from data licensed from The National Archives, Findmypast and elsewhere. Clicking on the blue button will take you to the data source on external sites where you will almost certainly need to pay to view the records. Following the links from this site help support this site.

Finally, I also offer a research service. Don’t despair if there is no surviving service record for the man or woman you are looking for. It is usually possible to piece together an outline service even if all that survives is a medal record.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2021..




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Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier. Upload another photograph. In time, it is intended that this site will become THE place to come to when looking for images of British Army Ancestors.

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There are over 11 million searchable names on the British Army Ancestors website. Searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to narrow your results. REGISTER in order to upload photographs and download existing images. That's all there is to it. This website will be regularly updated and new features announced via the blog. Thanks for supporting this initiative to put faces to the names of our British Army Ancestors.



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:

There are currently 106425 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website