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C E Home Forces – Aldershot 1941

Posted on: 18, January, 2020
Royal Engineers, CE Home Forces 1941

I am informed by the helpful folk over at the  WW2Talk forum that the acronyms within the sentence, “Conference of C.E.S. and C.R.E.s held by C.E. Home Forces” mean that this was a conference of Chief Engineers (C.E.S) and Commanders, Royal Engineers (C.R.E.s). I bought the photograph on eBay for no reason other than I […]

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The Birmingham Pals

Posted on: 24, November, 2019
Birmingham Pals

I’ve been adding photographs from the Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour. Published in 1919, the book features photos taken at platoon level of officers and men of the 14th, 15th and 16th Battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment; also known as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd City Battalions or, more colloquially, the Birmingham Pals. […]

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The Holman brothers of East Ham

Posted on: 6, October, 2019
William Holman, Thomas Holman, Arthur Holman

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 recently; from left to right, brothers William Holman, Thomas Holman and Arthur Holman. William Holman When the 1911 census was taken, the Holman family was living […]

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Finding photographs of your British Army Ancestor

Posted on: 1, January, 2019
Radley College prefects photographs 1906

What are the chances of finding photographs of your British Army Ancestors?  One thing is certain, our military ancestors weren’t shy of the camera. Since photography was invented in 1839 soldiers have posed in front of a camera in their millions. At the time of writing, a casual trawl on the UK version of eBay […]

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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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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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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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Launched in 2017, British Army Ancestors is a FREE site with a simple aim: to find or add photographs of British Army soldiers.

On this British Army Ancestors website you will find close to 12m records which have been collated from many sources. Search the database, find your soldier, add a photo. Search again, find the next person, add another photo. That really is all there is to it. The data on this site covers the date range 1850 to 1947.

These six different avatars that you will find in search results identify the approximate periods of service of the individuals concerned.

SEARCH for a soldier, UPLOAD a photograph, REMEMBER the individual. There are millions of searchable names on British Army Ancestors and thousands of photographs covering conflicts from the Crimean War to the Second World War. HUNDREDS of new photographs are being added every week. Have you found your British Army Ancestor yet?


There are close to 12 million names on the British Army Ancestors website and searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to focus your search results. Searching is free but you will need to REGISTER in order to upload photographs or download existing images.

This website is regularly updated and new features announced on the British Army Ancestors blog. Remember too to check out the British Army Ancestors Facebook page which features a different person every day.


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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 information from medal rolls and other databases.

Remember, there is no one single data source for British Army soldiers between 1850 and 1947. All of the data on this site has been compiled from many separate sources such as service records, pension records, medal rolls and other databases compiled by contributors.

Send an email to me at paul@britisharmyancestors.co.uk if you would like to contribute data.

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In 2008 I launched my Army Service Numbers 1881-1918 blog and over the years I have helped hundreds (if not thousands) of military and family historians. I also carry out research. Drop me a line if you need help.

NOTE There is also a RESEARCH button against every returned result on this site. Click on this button to find out more about research services for individual soldiers.

There are currently 22427 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website