1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1894

Posted on: 20, September, 2020
1st Cameronians, 1894

This superb photograph of men of the 1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was taken when the battalion was stationed at Portsmouth in 1894. It is of interest to me for two reasons: The men are all named and as a result of this I have been able to match up 10 of the names to […]


C E Home Forces – Aldershot 1941

Posted on: 18, January, 2020
Royal Engineers, CE Home Forces 1941

I am informed by the helpful folk over at the  WW2Talk forum that the acronyms within the sentence, “Conference of C.E.S. and C.R.E.s held by C.E. Home Forces” mean that this was a conference of Chief Engineers (C.E.S) and Commanders, Royal Engineers (C.R.E.s). I bought the photograph on eBay for no reason other than I […]


The Birmingham Pals

Posted on: 24, November, 2019
Birmingham Pals

I’ve been adding photographs from the Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour. Published in 1919, the book features photos taken at platoon level of officers and men of the 14th, 15th and 16th Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment; also known as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd City Battalions or, more colloquially, the Birmingham Pals. […]


Remembering Edward WyndhamTennant, Adrian Carton de Wiart and Victor White

Posted on: 22, September, 2019
Edward Wyndham Tennant, Victor White, Adrian Carton de Wiart

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: Edward  Wyndham Tennant, Adrian Carton de Wiart and Victor White. Edward Wyndham Tennant The poet Edward Wyndham Tennant was killed in […]

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On this British Army Ancestors website you will find over 12m records which have been collated from many sources. Search the database to add a photo or search the database simply to discover which records are available. Clicking the dark blue links in search results will take you to original records or transcriptions which are owned by third party partners such as The National Archives or Findmypast where payment may be required. The data on this site currently covers the date range 1850 to 1947.

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There are over 12 million names on the British Army Ancestors website and searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to focus your search results. Searching is free but you will need to REGISTER in order to upload photographs or download existing images.

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