How to search our military records

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HOW TO TRACE
YOUR MILITARY ANCESTORS

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In this video, our resident expert, Paul Nixon, explains how to track down your serving ancestors in our comprehensive collection.

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TOP TIPS FOR TRACING
MILITARY ANCESTORS

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  Run filtered searches across our entire military collection as some men appear in multiple record sets.
 
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  If you are lucky enough to find an ancestor's service record for World War 1, check the transcription, as there may be links to other parts of the same man's record.
 
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  Remember that Royal Navy sailors and British Army soldiers who were serving overseas, or at sea were enumerated and can be searched on the 1911 census.
 
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TIPS & TRICKS

A quick introduction to our military records
 
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YOUR DISCOVERIES

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ORDINARY MEN TO WAR HEROES

Victoria Cross recipients in the 1939 Register
 
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Read a note from the front line in 1915
 
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