11 million searchable names – and counting!

Posted on: 6, June, 2017

Search - Army School of Cookery

That’s right, there are over 11 million searchable names on British Army Ancestors – and I’m relying on visitors to this site help put faces to them. This is not going to be an overnight task but over time, if enough people support this initiative, this website could become a very useful resource.

Search a photographic archive

I decided to launch British Army Ancestors after repeated cries for help from people trying to locate photographs of their ancestors. There must be millions of surviving photographs of soldiers who sereved in Her Majesty’s or His Majesty’s Army between 1850 and 1920 and yet there is no central repository for photos. Lives of the First World War partly fulfils that need but the site is overly-complicated to use and, furthermore, it only covers 1914-1918. This site has wider aspirations; a place where people can look for photos of their British Army Ancestors between 1850 and 1920 and, if they feel inclined, upload photos for the benefit of others.

About the men in this photograph

The photograph above shows members of the 126th Regular Class.  They attended the Army School of Cookery between October and December 1909.  Most of these men would later appear on the 1911 census but unfortunately none of them are named on this photo.There are a number of Boer War veterans here, and a number of different regiments here judging by the different uniforms on display. I believe the Army School of Cookery was located at Aldershot but I know nothing else about this unit.

Free to search, free to upload

Remember, using this site is free, and the search functionality is FAST. Enter all search terms in the search box and use the wildcard asterisk * to widen your reseults. If you want to upload a photograph of a soldier, or view the image in larger-than-thumbnail format you will need to register. I encourage you to do so and help to remember our British Army Ancestors.

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Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier. Upload another photograph. In time, it is intended that this site will become THE place to come to when looking for images of British Army Ancestors.

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SEARCH for a soldier. UPLOAD a photograph. REMEMBER the person. So many people asked me how they could find a photograph of their British Army Ancestor that I decided to create this site. Now it's up to you.Help make British Army Ancestors THE PLACE to come to when looking for photos of British Army soldiers. There are millions of searchable names on this site. Help me put faces to them. SEARCH, UPLOAD, REMEMBER.


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There are over 11 million searchable names on the British Army Ancestors website. Searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to narrow your results. REGISTER in order to upload photographs and download existing images. That's all there is to it. This website will be regularly updated and new features announced via the blog. Thanks for supporting this initiative to put faces to the names of our British Army Ancestors.

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HELP ME PLUG THE GAPS!

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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