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McCorquodale Roll of Honour

Posted on: 4, April, 2021
McCorquodale Roll of Honour, fallen employees

The McCorquodale Group, founded in 1846 by George McCorquodale when he established McCorquodale & Co Ltd in Newton-le-Willows, was a printing company which, by the time of the First World War, had also opened up branches in Glasgow, London and Wolverton. There were also affiliated companies in Crewe, Flint, Liverpool and Manchester. The McCorquodale Roll […]

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Wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

Posted on: 4, March, 2021
wildcard searching on British Army Ancestors

When I was mapping out the functionality of the British Army Ancestors website, I was very clear about one thing: the search functionality had to be both flexible and fast. I believe I have achieved both ends. Fundamental to the flexibility of the site was the ability to use wildcard searching. When it works well […]

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No surviving army records? All is not lost

Posted on: 1, March, 2021
5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, Rifle Brigade

Don’t assume that if there are no surviving army records for your British Army Ancestor, that all is lost. Nothing could be further from the truth. The man on the left of this photo is 5480 Rifleman J E Deakin, a keen athlete and a successful one at that.  The photograph appeared in the Rifle […]

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Finding a photo of your elusive soldier ancestor

Posted on: 23, February, 2021
Unnamed British Army soldiers

Finding a photo of your soldier ancestor may sound like an impossible task but you can certainly improve your chances of success. One thing is sure: our soldier ancestors were not shy of the camera. I can almost guarantee that at whatever point in time you may have happened upon this article, you will find […]

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Your best chance of finding a photo of your British Army Ancestor is here!

Posted on: 21, December, 2020

Earlier this year, I published the 100,000th British Army photo on British Army Ancestors. There are now over 101,000 photos of British soldiers covering the period 1850 to 1947; that’s close to 100 years of history. From its modest launch in 2017, British Army Ancestors has quickly grown to be the number one resource for […]

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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 […]

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Remembering Alexander Harvey, Frederick Brown & Robert Pitman

Posted on: 18, August, 2020

Alexander Harvey, Frederick Brown and Robert Pitman were all remembered by me last week on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page. William and Robert were family men who died serving their King and Country during the First World War. Frederick served during the Second World War and he survived but never spoke about his time […]

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High Wood 1916 – The 20th Royal Fusiliers

Posted on: 21, July, 2020
20th Royal Fusiliers, High Wood

On the 21st July 1917, a year and a day after the 20th (Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers had been badly mauled at High Wood, a small band of survivors sat down for lunch. The men were eating at the Grand Hotel, Dover; a fairly grand meal for wartime of boiled Scotch salmon, roast lamb […]

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2nd Lt Richard Dean; XXVI Bde, Royal Field Artillery

Posted on: 18, July, 2020
Richard Deane, Royal Field Artillery

Richard Deane, or Richard John Deane to give him his full name, was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire on 19th May 1898.  He was the son of Richard Woodforde Deane of Bedford and Harriet Deane (nee Blencowe) of Chailey.  The 1901 census records the Deane family living at 145 Canterbury Road, Gillingham, Kent.  His father, a […]

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Did your British Army Ancestor serve with Siegfried Sassoon?

Posted on: 1, July, 2020
Siegfried Sassoon, 4th Army School, Flixecourt, Somme; May 1916

This photo of Siegfried Sassoon and fellow officers was acquired by British Army Ancestors last year. What it shows is British army officers photographed at the end of a month-long training course at the Fourth Army School at Flixécourt on the Somme in 1916. The photo dates to May 1916 and within six weeks seven of […]

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Do you own medal roll transcriptions from WO 100 or similar? I am seeking to plug known gaps in this database of British Army Ancestors by adding medal roll transcriptions and other databases to this site, thus adding to the 11m+ searchable names you will find here. Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute: paul@britisharmyancestors.co.uk.

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