Recent developments at TheGenealogist have seen the release of over 650,000 individuals who died in the First World War. Details include name, rank, regiment, place of birth, place of residence, place of enlistment, service number and the cause, date and place of death. These records are uniquely linked to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to show you where your ancestor is commemorated.
Soldiers Who Died in the Great War has been added to the huge military collection on TheGenealogist, encompassing many unique record sets from Casualty Lists and War Memorials, to Rolls of Honour and much more.
For those family history researchers interested in tales of the underground world of secret espionage, The National Archives has announced the release of over 150 top secret MI5 files. The records are to be made available online for public viewing for the first time. The MI5 files date from around the time of The First World War and are part of the programme from the TNA to commemorate the centenary of the start of The Great War.
The files contain a wealth of material about organisations and individuals involved in espionage or under surveillance during the period of the First World War. It details the secret history and the agents operating in a time of war.
Some of the agents listed in the records include the famous British nurse, Edith Cavell who helped Allied soldiers to escape from behind enemy lines and Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer who was convicted of spying for Germany and was subsequently executed by the French authorities in 1917.
There’s more information available from The National Archives website.
The following is a plea from Shirley Williams of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon.
We at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon are starting the mammoth task of looking for photos of individual soldiers from the RWF who were killed in the Great War. We are trying to put each man’s name on display on a screen on the centenary of his death and would dearly love to be able to add a photograph of each man to go with his name. It is a huge undertaking as there were over 10,400 men from the RWF that were killed. But even if we only get a fraction of the photographs we believe it is worth doing. Many of the RWF were from all over so we are asking please could you help? You can help us by circulating our plea to anybody who is interested. Many families have photographs tucked away so this might prompt them to seek them out. We accept scans or copies and any that appeared in newspapers, which often carried obituaries including photographs. We need as much information as possible to go with the photo to make sure we fit the right photo to the right man – but sometimes a name and date of death might be all we need. Email us on email@example.com for more details or to send us a photo. You can also follow our progress on Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Royal-Welch-Fusiliers-Museum/146060182083938
With 2014 marking the centenary of the start of The First World War, the premier family history exhibition 'Who Do You Think You Are Live? has announced a special 'Military History' area on the Gallery Level of the show hall at London Olympia.
The confirmed exhibitors include The National Archives, the RAF Museum, Belgian Tourist Board, BBC History and the National Army Museum.
The event starts on Thursday 20th February 2014 at 9.30am and more details can be found at the Who Do You Think You Are? website
In this year that commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, The National Archives has released another set of records from The Great War. The 'Appeals against First World War conscription' records have now gone online.
The records are the case files of over 8,000 men who were appealing against conscription into the army between 1916 to 1918. The men applied to local military tribunals for exemption and if they were unsuccessful could then appeal to the county appeal tribunal. This new set of records cover the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal only and are classed in file series MH47. More can be found at The National Archives website.
This Thursday, the 23rd January, sees a free talk from The National Archives entitled 'Your Country Needs You' looking at the recruitment posters of World War One, including the famous Lord Kitchener 'finger pointing poster'. The talk asks if this was the most successful recruitment poster or if there were other more effective recruitment messages and posters that worked to encourage thousands of Britons to join up.
This talk draws upon official records from The National Archives to provide alternative and surprising stories. The talk is being given by James Taylor, former curator of the National Maritime Museum who also writes and lectures on maritime and military art and design.
There's more information available from The National Archives website.
The National Archives have appealed for volunteers to help tag First World War unit diaries as part of their new 'Operation War Diary' outsourcing partnership with the Imperial War Museum. Volunteers are needed to record people, places and activities from the diaries as part of this major project.
There are 1.5 million pages of war diaries from the British Army on the Western Front during WW1 which had been stored away in the archives. Volunteer help is needed to now reveal the stories of the men who fought in the Great War. If you have any spare time to assist you can sign up to the project here.
The end result should be a great resource for researchers and family historians alike.
In a busy week for TheGenealogist , there's another set of records now available online for Diamond subscribers. Over 18,000 new records are now accessible online from the ‘National Union of Teachers’ War Records from 1914 to 1919. These records include a list of teachers who joined the forces, those who received honours, and also those who were sadly killed, plus other information relating to the National Union of Teachers during the war.
Covering all N.U.T. members who served in the war and also discussing issues of the time, there's details on pensions, salary levels of teachers who joined the army and fund raising for relief in Europe.
The records are a comprehensive list of members of the National Union of Teachers who served in the Great War. The teaching profession and its members responded to the great nationwide pressure to ‘do their bit’, with most male teachers of service age answering the call to arms.
The records provide an interesting insight into how a specific profession and its union coped with the events of The Great War. Taken from the National Union of Teachers War Records 1914 to 1919 publication, the records can be found in the War Service Lists in the Military Records section on TheGenealogist. There's more details available at http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/news.php#latest
As we approach Remembrance Day and a time to contemplate the wars and conflicts of the past, it's a time when many people decide to look at the war service and records of their ancestors. The major World Wars involved so many of our ancestors that most families were touched by the events of the time.
The military data CDs at S&N Genealogy Supplies are a useful research point in finding out more information about events and military history from the major conflicts. If you have an ancestor who served with the 25th Division in World War One, or if you have a general interest in military history, the new CD -'The 25th Division in France and Flanders' may be of interest. This CD looks at the operations and events of this Salisbury based Division that experienced many of the major battles of World War One. There's more information available at: http://www.genealogysupplies.com/product/World-War-1-Great-War/The-25th-Division-in-France-and-Flanders/
Latest news from the Commonweath War Graves Commission website is details of the UK and French governments working together to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.
The UK's Minister for International Security Strategy, Andrew Murisson and the French Minister for Veteran's Affairs, Kader Arif recently signed a letter of intent, establishing cooperation in organising events to mark the centenary of the First World War and beyond.
The UK and French governments will work together in areas of common interest, such as commemorative events, like the Battle of the Somme in 2016, and in areas of tourism, education and in the field of cultural and scientific projects.