“We have just published two new sets of military records on Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920 and New Zealand WWI Soldiers.

Below is further information about these records and the valuable details about your ancestors you could discover.

Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920

These records comprise a transcript of the complete WWI Campaign Medal Rolls to 53,000 officers of all branches of the Royal Navy.

Added to the transcript are service details for a large number of officers, particularly those killed in action or died of wounds during WWI. In many cases, post-war deaths and WWII deaths are noted.

The medals that the rolls cover are: The 1914 Star, the Clasp to the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

These records can add vivid detail to your family tree – below is an example. Note the especially comprehensive cause of death:

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New Zealand WWI Soldiers

This is a set of records for 288,526 New Zealand WWI service personnel and reserves.

The records are obtained from the following sources: Nominal Rolls, First and Second Division Rolls of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Reserve, Native Reserve Lists, Military Defaulters List, New Zealanders who served with the Australian Imperial Force, Guthrie Index, Smith Index, Halpin Index, British Section NZEF, Fijian Contingent, Roll Of Honour Section 3 and the Stock Index. Find out more about each of these sources

Here is an example record from this series. It shows the soldier’s military details, as well as other information, such as marital status, last New Zealand address and next of kin details:

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