Over 117,000 ‘Military Medals’ were awarded in the First World War for ‘acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’. These records are now available to view online complete with an image of the actual Medal Card and a link to the official government publication of the time. It’s a unique, comprehensive set of records available only onTheGenealogist.co.uk.
The Military Medal was the equivalent to the Military Cross (MC) which was awarded to commissioned officers. The Military Medal ranked below the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM), which was also awarded to non-commissioned members of the Army but was still a very prestigious award to be honoured with.
The Military Medal was awarded to ‘Non Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks’ for showing exceptional courage in battle. It was also awarded for those that risked their lives trying to save others, often in extreme danger. The Medal Records on TheGenealogist show people from a wide range of backgrounds and social classes, including a number of young women from very privileged families who chose to drive ambulances and rescue the wounded in the mud of battle.
The role of ‘stretcher bearer’ was one of the most dangerous jobs of the time and the records show many women bridged social constraints of the time to risk life and limb to help rescue and bring in soldiers wounded in battle.
If you’d like to find out more, TheGenealogist has full details of the new medal record release including some fascinating case studies on the brave recipients of the Military Medal.
If you’re looking for information on on a certain regiment or have a general interest in military history, the latest data CD from S&N may be of interest.
Newly released is ‘The History of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1674-1902’. With over 220 years covered and including some of the major campaigns the regiment fought in, such as the American Revolution and the Anglo-Spanish War, it’s a fascinating CD resource.
Each chapter of the regiment’s history is described in detail and also contains maps and illustrations. More information can be found on the S&N Genealogy website.
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.
Latest news from TheGenealogist is the release of specialist records dedicated to the Royal Navy actions at The Battle of Jutland in World War One.
Available to Gold and Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist is a full record set of the Royal Navy servicemen killed or wounded in the battle. TheGenealogist is the only family history site to provide a complete specialist section devoted to these particular records.
The new Battle of Jutland records provide a full list of the men killed or wounded in the battle, with their rank, name of ship and date of death taken from official Admiralty sources. Records of the men lost range from Rear Admiral Robert Arbuthnot, commander of the 1st Cruiser Squadron who went down with his flagship HMS Defence, to 16 year old Jack Rutland who although mortally wounded stayed at his post on board the damaged HMS Chester.
The latest e-newsletter is now available to view from S&N Genealogy Supplies. To commemorate Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday , there are a number of articles devoted to the military service of our ancestors. There are details on the First World War images available in the ‘Image Archive’ database on TheGenealogist that really illustrate what life was like on the front line. There’s also an interesting article on two brave British junior officers who paid the ultimate price doing their duty.
Included in this e-newsletter is the offer of a free chart available with ‘springback binder’ orders and details of Family Tree Maker 2014 now in stock. There’s more at:
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/