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Remembering Thomas Baker, Samuel Athron and ‘A’ Special Coy, RE

Posted on: 15, September, 2018

Every day on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page I take time to commemorate a British soldier. This post will look at some of the men I have remembered recently. Remembering Thomas Baker 2881 Corporal Thomas Baker of the 17th Lancers appeared with the regimental mascot, Lizzie the Bear, in The Navy & Army Illusrtated in The […]

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Remembering Ernest Squires, Harold Algar, James Goodson

Posted on: 17, August, 2018

Every day on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page I take time to commemorate a British soldier. This post will look at three of the men I have remembered this week. Remembering Ernest Squires 8037 Pte Ernest Squires of the Somerset Light Infantry sent this photograph of himself (far left) from Doberitz PoW camp on […]

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1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment,1921-1922

Posted on: 6, June, 2018

This superb photograph shows men of the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment who, forming a football team, won the Army Challenge Cup for the season 1921-1922. The men, as noted on this postcard-sized photo, are: QMS J Fortune, Sgt E H Poolman MM, Pte P Topp, CSM H J Baish, L-Cpl E Veck MM CSM H […]

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14th Hussars, Bangalore 1907

Posted on: 25, May, 2018

There are a lot of 14th Hussars officers’ and sergeants’ portraits squeezed onto this postcard; 70 to be precise. I bought this on eBay earlier this month and rarely has a single postcard provided me with so much research potential. The 14th Hussars in India The 14th Hussars had left the UK on the 5th […]

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1/6th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Posted on: 28, April, 2018

This superb photograph of officers of the 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), was published in Craven’s Part in the Great War in 1920. The book is a marvellous tribute and research tool for anyone with an interest in Craven during the First World War. I have already attached this photograph to all the […]

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V Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

Posted on: 25, March, 2018

Some while ago, whilst looking through a soldier’s papers in series WO 363, I came across two pages which detailed an accident which befell men of V Battery, Royal Horse Artillery at Serny, France on the 2nd March 1915. A Board, held at Croix Barbee on the 15th March, heard evidence from three witnesses, 2nd […]

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The Sphere – 23rd March 1918

Posted on: 20, March, 2018

The four men pictured above all lost their lives in 1918. Their portraits were published in The Sphere on the 23rd March 1918, two days after the Germans launched their offensive against British lines. Today, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of that offensive, it seems fitting to remember them. Two brothers remembered Lieutenant […]

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Officer casualties

Posted on: 2, March, 2018

  As a general rule you stand more chance of finding a photo of your British Army Ancestor if he was an officer – and even more chance if he was an officer who died in the service of his monarch and country. Last week I published portraits of a number of officer casualties whose […]

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The Westley brothers, 62 Coy, Imperial Yeomanry

Posted on: 11, February, 2018

The photograph above was published in The Navy & Army Illustrated published on 5th May 1900. The caption reads, “THE BROTHERS WESTLEY. A family which has a corporal and five troopers at the Front.” A quick search of records on British Army Ancestors  folowed up with click-throughs to Findmypast to view their records quickly reveals […]

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2582 Drum-Major John Adair, Scots Guards

Posted on: 14, January, 2018

The photograph above appeared in the Navy & Army Illustrated published on the 1st July 1899. The accompanying text reads, “Drum-Major John Adair has put in nearly thirty years’ service and, as will be seen by the medals that decorate his breast, has war service to his credit. He wears the medal and star for […]

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Paul began actively researching aspects of the First World War in 1981 and British military history has become an all-absorbing interest ever since. He has a number of British military history-related blogs including Army Service Numbers 1881-1918.

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