As Veteran’s Day draws near (Monday, November 11) hear in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, it’s a time to remember those who fought and died in conflicts across the globe.
To honor the approaching centenary of the First World War the British National Archives is offering a way to research this war and the people involved by launching a dedicated First World War portal where researchers and family historians can explore all of the National Archives’ First World War resources in a single place.
Listed below are the resources you might find useful in your research:
First World collections online
Explore some of the most popular First World War record series, including medal card indexes (WO 372), prisoner of war interview records 1914-1918 (WO 161) and RAF Officers’ service records (AIR 76).*
From January 2014 a digitized records series will be launched including, the unit war diaries (WO 95).
First World War service and pension records
And women went too…
My Tommy’s War
The My Tommy’s War blog series follows members of the National Archives staff as they research their First World War ancestors. Their stories, ranging from a death that inspired a moving painting and the tragic story of a soldier gassed in northern France, can help your own research. This month, read about a lad who died in Boesinghe. Can you help fill in the gaps about what happened to the Hampshire Regiment on 6 July 1915?
Use National Archives guides to find out how to research British army officers and soldiers after 1913 and see the Second World War research guide for advice on records of that conflict. You can also search and download a selection of Home Guard records (1939-1945).*
Also, podcasts are very useful. I’ve listed below a list of podcasts available to everyone:
- Researching Untold Histories
- From Stephenson to Suburbia: the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Coming of the Railways to the Chilterns
- Engineering office staff
- Selling the age of the train: British Rail passenger marketing and travel in Britain in the 1960s–70s
Additionally, if you happen to be in the UK, there are plans in the works for a series of events to support and celebrate the nationwide Explore Your Archive campaign, including some special behind the scenes tours of the National Archives.
* Searching the records is free but a small charge applies to download digital copies.
** These links will open as MP3 files in your web browser. Visit the Archives Media Player for more.
*** Offer code valid until 23:59 GMT 12 November 2013
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