FAQ

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I can’t find my ancestor but I know that he was in the British Army between 1850 and 1920.

This website uses data from a number of key sources including medal index cards from the First World War, and British Army service and pension records between 1850 and 1920. Nevertheless, there is no single extant complete database of all British Army personnel who served between 1850 and 1920.

How can I add my British Army Ancestor’s details to this website?

At this point in time there is no facility to do this but I may add this functionality in due course. Watch this space.

When uploading an image, which image formats will this site accept?

You can upload images with a .jpg or .png extension. PDFs are NOT supported.

Why is there no single comprehensive database of British Army soldiers?

At various points in time records have been destroyed, either on the orders of bureaucrats in this country or by German airmen in 1940.  For instance, if your British Army ancestor was killed in a conflict before 1914, it is highly unlikely that you will find a service record for him as this would have been ‘weeded’ and destroyed after his death.

What about medal rolls?

The medal rolls in series WO 100 at The National Archives would certainly fill in some gaps and is an area I am actively exploring. If you have a transcribed medal roll from WO 100 and would like to get involved in this project, please drop me a line: paul@britisharmyancestors.co.uk

Which other sources are there which are not included?

Regimental journals are often name-rich, as are newspapers. The aim is to add as much data as possible to make British Army Ancestors a one-stop shop for anyone with an interest in the British Army between 1850 and 1920.

What happens if I click on the blue-box links in the individual search results?

Clicking on these links will take you off the British Army Ancestors website to the source of this data on one of our third party partners’ websites. Typically this will be a medal index card (for First World War results) or a service record. You will normally need to pay the site owners to view these records.

What about the icons?

You’ll find five icons in the search results that are returned on this site and now seems like as good a time as any to introduce them to you. The icons are intended to be a quick visual representation of service.

FAQ - Tommy Atkins appears for mostly pre-WW1 records
Tommy Atkins is the soldier in red. His icon appears on all search results where the officer or man served between 1850 and 1913. The principle collections from which this data has been drawn are WO 76, WO 96, WO 97, and WO 128. Household cavalrymen in  WO 400 are also identified with this icon although some of these men also served during the First World War.
FAQ - Alf's records are principally WW1 era
Alf is the soldier in khaki. His icon appears on all search results for officers and men who served between 1914 and 1920. The principle collections from which this data has been drawn are WO 339, WO 363, WO 364, WO 372 and WO 374 which are all held by The National Archives and can be viewed on Findmypast.
FAQ - Gertrude appears for records found in WO 372 & WO 398
Gertrude represents the women who served between 1914 and 1920. The uniform of this icon is loosely based on that of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) but within this collection you’ll also find women who served in other capacities. These records are found in WO 372 and WO 398.
FAQ - Bill appears for post 1920 records
Bill also wears khaki but he also wears the medal ribbons of the British War and Victory medals. His icon appears on all search results for officers and men who served after the First World War, but many of these men had also served throughout the war as well.
FAQ - Nurse Vera appears for WO 399 records
Vera is the final icon that you’ll find on this website. Although this site is all about British Army Ancestors you will also find records here for those who nursed them. These records are all to be found in series WO 399.

Clicking on the camera icon, or on the Add Photo text underneath, will enable you to upload a photograph for this particular individual which, after all, is what this website is all about.

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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.