1147 Second Lieutenant Samuel Meekosha VC served with the West Yorkshire Regiment during the First World War and is remembered in The Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War collection. This was an innovative commemoration project that ran between 2014 and 2019 and very much followed in the footsteps of the museum's original 1917 Bond of Sacrifice appeal.
Launched in 2017, British Army Ancestors is a FREE site with a simple aim: to find or add photographs of British Army soldiers.
These six different avatars that you will find in search results identify the approximate periods of service of the individuals concerned.
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.
The avatars on this site are intended as a guide for you and represent the British soldier throughout history. For example, if the red-jacketed soldier appears in your search results, this is an indication that this man probably served between 1850 and 1902.
SEARCH for a soldier, UPLOAD a photograph, REMEMBER the individual. There are millions of searchable names on British Army Ancestors and thousands of photographs covering conflicts from the Crimean War to the Second World War. HUNDREDS of new photographs are being added every week. Have you found your British Army Ancestor yet?
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.
This website is regularly updated and new features announced on the British Army Ancestors blog. Remember too to check out the British Army Ancestors Facebook page which features a different person every day.
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NOTE There is also a RESEARCH button against every returned result on this site. Click on this button to find out more about research services for individual soldiers.
There are currently 102364 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website