The Genealogist website has recently added many military records.
The records added are:
1. Rolls of Honour
The Roll of Honour collection on TheGenealogist.co.uk contains over a million records and is included within all Premium and Personal Plus subscriptions. Original images and full transcripts are available. Some of these are very detailed and include a portrait photograph.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1918
This online database includes biographies of over 25,000 men of the armed forces who lost their lives in the Great War. Many of the entries have linked photographs. The level of detail given varies due to the variety of sources used but all include the persons regiment, place and date of death. The families often lodged the biography with the publisher and these entries go into great detail about their lives.
The National Roll of the Great War
A tribute to the men and women who survived and died in the First World War, with 14 volumes in total, and contains over 110,000 records. This includes a collection of biographies of those who served during the Great War (1914-1918) and also includes brief accounts of how they joined up and demobilisation date. Many of the entries refer to combatants who survived the War and the National Roll of the Great War is the only detailed information available.
Bond of Sacrifice
Contains an alphabetical biographical record of all British Officers who fell in the Great War, from August 1914 to June 1915, with details of rank, regiment and date of death. Also includes portraits.
British Roll of Honour 1914-1918
Records can include detailed biographies with portraits and information on birth date, birth place, father’s name, education, career, and circumstances of death.
Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth Memorial Register 1914-1921
Includes over 25,000 biographical records of officers and men of the Royal Navy who were lost at sea and were not recorded in any cemetery or on any battlefield.
The memorials were erected at the three home ports which are the manning ports of the Royal Navy. As well as listing the names of the dead, they also serve as a “Sea-mark” or “Leading-mark” for ships entering the ports.
These printed registers contain more detailed descriptions than are shown on the panels on the memorials. Each biography contains information on name, rank, ship, age, date of death, immediate family including address and photos.
The Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order records 1857-1923
This database includes nearly 25,000 biographical records of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of his Majesty’s naval, military and air forces who have been awarded these decorations from the time of their institution, with descriptions of the deeds and services which won the distinctions and with many biographical, and other details.
2. World War Death Indexes
Also included within the Roll of Honour section, is the World War I Death Index, where each entry links to matching results on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. The World War I Death Index provides an official GRO index reference as per the standard BMD Index, and you can obtain an Overseas Death certificate at http://www.gro.gov.uk. The website also provides a World War II Death index, which can be accessed from your Research View page under ‘Birth Marriage and Death Indexes’.
3. Military Rolls & Lists
Images can be browsed with the aid of bookmarks or searched using the site’s OCR software, which turns the pages into searchable text, allowing you to enter a name and bring back all the pages with matching results:
Army, Navy & Air Force Lists
There are currently 59 Army Lists available ranging from 1661 to 1940 and 25 Navy Lists ranging from 1689 to 1944. Army Lists can contain rank and regiment of officers, details of those stationed abroad and recipients of the Victoria Cross.
The site has also recently added Air Force Lists for 1939 and 1933. These list all officers and various sections of the RAF. The book is searchable and bookmarked by major headings. The 1939 List includes Viscount Trenchard, the ‘founding father’ of the RAF and Guy Gibson, who led the “Dam Busters” across Germany in 1943.
International records include 1959 U.S. Air Force Register – Vol.1 Active Lists and Vol.2 Retired Lists
Defence Staff Lists
War Office List 1414-1921
History of the Old County Regiment of Lancashire Militia
1813 Militia List
1876 Historical Records of the First Regiment of Militia (Third West York Light Infantry)
1865 Indian Army & Civil Service List
1938 Indian Army List
4. Prisoner of War Records
List of British Officers Taken Prisoner, 1914 to 1918
Over 7,000 British and Commonwealth Officers were captured during the First World War, and with few records available for Prisoners of War during this period, these records are invaluable for researching your military ancestors.
List includes name and rank, date they went missing, where/when they were interned and the date of repatriation. For Officers that died or were killed, it also shows the date and place of death.
Contains Officers of the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Naval Division, with regiments of the Indian Army, Canadian, Australian, Newfoundland and South African Forces.
Can be browsed by page using bookmarks or searched by name, and includes a Name Index. Records are divided into West and East theatres of war, with individuals in the West Theatres arranged by regiment.
5. Marriages, Deaths and Executions of British Soldiers during the First and Second World Wars
(RG32 and RG34 are part of the Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial records collection)
Registers Abroad and on British & Foreign Ships, 1831-1969 (RG32)
These records include notifications during the Second World War period of deaths of members of the British armed services, prisoners of war, civilians, internees and deaths through aircraft lost in flight. Also included are deaths and executions of persons in Japanese and German prison internment camps.
Miscellaneous Foreign Marriage Returns, 1826-1921 (RG34)
Includes marriages between British soldiers in France, Flanders and Holland during and after the First World War, including many who had been prisoners of war.
Overseas and Military BMD Indexes
The Overseas BMD Indexes cover the births, marriages and deaths of British Service Personnel throughout the world. The data set currently contains over 2,000,000 records and includes:
· Marine Births: 1837-1965
· Army Births & Registers, Marriages and Deaths: 1747-1980
· Air Births, Deaths & Missing Persons: 1947-1965
· Consular Birth, Marriages, Deaths: 1849-1965
· High Commission Births, Marriages, Deaths: 1899-1966
· Informal Certificates of Birth at Sea: 1839-1867
· Ionian Island Births, Marriages, Deaths: 1818-1864
· Marriages & Deaths Abroad: 1966-1994
· Regimental Births: 1761-1997
· Article 6/18 Marriage: 1955-1965
Also available are Overseas Marine Deaths covering deaths at sea onboard British ships from 1837, containing over 280,000 records.
6. Regimental Records
These can provide details of battles and campaigns the regiment were involved in and also lists the regiment’s officers, including various personal details relating to their birth, parentage, marriage and military career.
· 15th Foot Regiment (Yorkshire East Riding) Historical Records
· 19th Foot Regiment (Yorkshire North Riding) Historical Records
· 1688-1931 Officers of The Green Howards
· History of the Old County Regiment of Lancashire Militia
· 1756-1884 Roll of Officers of the York and Lancaster Regiment
· 1914-1918, The 42nd (East Lancashire) Division
· 1914-19, Soldiers Died in the Great War, Part 9 – The King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
· Regimental Records of Highland Light Infantry (Old 71st & 74th)
· 86th Foot Regiment (Royal County Down) Historical Records
· List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery 1862-1914
· 1900 The Black Watch – Record of an Historic Regiment
· 1740-1919 The Essex Regiment – 1st Battalion (44th)
· 1914-1918 The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War
· 1797-1927 Historical Records of the Middlesex Yeomanry
· 1936 Sherwood Foresters, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiments
· 1794-1909 West Kent (Queen’s Own) Yeomanry
· 1914-1919 The Royal Scots
· 1650-1918 The Record of the Coldstream Guards
7. Newspapers & Magazines
War Illustrated – Weekly – 22nd Aug 1914 to 8th Feb 1919
British War Magazine with reports and pictures of events and battles during the First World War from 1914 to 1919.
The Great War – History of the World-Wide Conflict
Contains 272 issues, full of illustrations and information gathered by a team of war correspondents at the time.
Filled with pictures, maps and background detail, each issue has been scanned in full colour. It provides a valuable insight to how the First World War was fought.
Issues of the illustrated weekly newspaper from 1917 to 1919, covering events in the UK and Overseas.