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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Forces War Records - Dedication Wall

    Remembrance Day is nearly upon us, a time to honour those who bravely fought, and lost their lives in wartime. The team here at Forces War Records have created something extra special for you - your ancestors Dedication Wall, where you'll be able to upload a photograph and post a lasting...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 31-10-2016 12:19 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Military burials UK and overseas

    These burials are in various sites in England, Cyprus, Egypt, Malta and Singapore. The earliest is in 1756 in Sheerness Dockyard church; the most recent in 1985 in Bordon Garrison Military Cemetery https://www. deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch I've just found that the above link doesn't...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 29-12-2015 9:41 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: NEW FWR COLLECTION

    Imperial Prisoners of War held in Japan In 1945, 37,583 British and Commonwealth soldiers were released from Japanese captivity and Forces War Records has their details. During the course of the Second World War, over 140,000 Allied soldiers were captured by the Armed Forces of the Empire of...

    Started by TomBen‎, 17-08-2015 9:54 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: OUT NOW! Issue 1. Forces War Records Magazine

    OUT NOW! Issue 1 of Forces War Records Magazine, our brand new periodical aimed at helping you to get the most out of our site, and your research as a whole. Each issue will contain one feature specifically offering genealogical advice, another delving into the history of a battle or period...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 31-03-2015 2:41 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Looking for records after 1921 including WW2?

    See the sticky message about how to apply for them that I posted , click HERE.

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 26-04-2014 4:09 PM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FWR Members Please Read

    Those members of Forces War Records who have clicked on Free Forum should be aware that they are now on the British Genealogy Forum. This forum is owned by FWR, but is a separate entity, and existed for some years before FWR took it over in 2013. Members should be aware when posting on British...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 27-02-2014 4:08 PM
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Commonwealth Roll of Honour Project

    Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project Hi All, In view of the cost of a photograph from the private websites such as the Maple Leaf Legacy and the BWMP i have decided to start a new Project, the aims of the project are set out below. I am already working with The Veterans Affairs...

    Started by sniper617‎, 20-09-2010 8:32 PM
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Abbreviations used in ADM 171 (Medal Rolls)

    This information was originally in a post by forum member Billgardner. It has been turned into a sticky as it seems very useful. This might help you work out what some of the notations on the medal cards mean. iv) Abbreviations found in ADM 171 Interpretation of the abbreviations used in...

    Started by Procat‎, 19-03-2009 9:48 AM
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  1. Royal Horse Artillery Battery, Nottingham,

    I am looking at the attestation papers of a relative who attested with the Notts Royal Horse Battery in 1908, in his list of postings it says Hindlow?? Pindlow?? 1910 Mermaide Camp? 1910/12 Despite extensive googling I cannot clarify these names or where they might be. Any help...

    Started by MrsPoppy‎, 12-03-2017 2:19 PM
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  2. Military puzzle

    I have looked at the military history of William Effingham Goldie but not sure when he was in certain regiments. His record shows in 1918 he was posted to RDC. He served in the Reserve Battalion in Herefordshire and with the 19th Bn "Queens" RWS Regiment. Could someone please help me understand the...

    Started by Sue Broman‎, 11-03-2017 4:30 AM
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  3. Mortar Platoon - 2nd Btn of Welch Regiment

    I have photographic evidence that my father ( Private Eric Victor Hughes ) was fighting in the Burma Campaign. He was conscripted in 1945 ( he was born in Oct 1926 ) along with my mums cousin Arthur Lally and after their initial training they were sent to Burma to fight with the Mortar Platoon of...

    Started by BaldEagle1950‎, 09-03-2017 5:18 PM
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  4. Welsh regiment records free to view TODAY

    'Happy St.David's Day' For two days only, you'll be able to view for FREE on Forces War Records all records of any ancestors who served in Welsh (or Welch) regiments during both WW1 & WW2, in honour of St David's Day. VISIT - https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/welsh-regiments (Hurry, this...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 01-03-2017 9:59 AM
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  5. Sappers and Miners early 1800s

    Hello All This will probably be the first of many posts asking questions relating to my military forebears who I have been researching for many years. This one relates to William Shore of Devon, his details are online on FMP (pension discharge 1819). He was given the funds when discharged to...

    Started by Ozzy73‎, 25-02-2017 6:25 PM
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  6. Remembering the Fallen

    I am sure in the run up to Remembrance Day our thoughts turn to specific men who paid the ultimate price, and I thought it would be nice to have a special thread for them. Many were not direct ancestors, simply because they were taken before they could reach the age to marry and have children, but...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 05-11-2007 11:14 AM
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  7. Paymaster John Winterbottom 52 Light Infantry

    Militia is not my strong point so I thought I would ask the experts for their opinions on the matters below so I can understand the context? I am trying to pin his age/birth year down as he is a difficult individual to pinpoint within OPRs to track his parentage. Paymaster John Winterbottom,...

    Started by Pandad‎, 31-01-2017 12:53 PM
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  8. Northampton Militia Records?

    Hello there, I'm tracing a Thomas Worrall, born 1793 in Arley, Warwickshire. On his marriage record to Alison Alexander (Edinburgh, 1813), he's down as a solider in the Northampton Militia, stationed at Edinburgh Castle. Does anyone know where I could get my hands on records for the...

    Started by morrwilcox‎, 29-01-2017 11:10 AM
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  9. Exclamation New to the website

    Since starting my family history on Ancestry and Findmypast I have discovered more than I could ever imagine, It's getting quite addictive! :) So today, I joined this site as the About Us section proved convincing however I am surprised that the records don't give anything but the minimal...

    Started by JadeCJ‎, 28-01-2017 9:00 PM
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  10. L

    Hi there, I am trying to find out information regarding one of my Ancestors. His name was Peter Chesser (or similar) and it would appear he was a private within the 26th Cameronian Regiment. I know this as his son's death certificate gave these details in 1892. The son died age 75 so I am...

    Started by KARMAR‎, 24-01-2017 1:38 PM
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  11. Army Service Corps

    Am trying to determine whether or not my grandfather served with the ASC during the Boer War. The only records I find are for combat personnel. Does anyone know if there are researchable records for the ASC?

    Started by Alfa204‎, 23-01-2017 12:02 AM
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  12. Help with name confusion in records

    I have been looking into my paternal grandfathers military records and I found what I believe is his medal records from WW1. My father had told me that his dad had lied about his age to get into the military (he was one year too young at the time of enlistment) so I knew that going in. I found a...

    Started by FromtheColonys‎, 12-11-2016 7:36 PM
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  13. Trying to locate my great grandfather

    I'm wondering if anyone can help me locate my great grandfather. His name was Arthur James Watts, born 1891 and died in 1942. He lived in Leicester. I have a portrait of him in uniform but I cannot trace him at all....

    Started by katyboo‎, 03-01-2017 5:54 PM
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  14. Uniform

    Hi, can anybody identify this uniform for me. My grandfather was born 1892 in Coventry UK

    Started by Wellfield1870‎, 14-11-2016 12:53 AM
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  15. British army medals in China c.1860

    Hi, I am looking for some information regarding a Corporal Adam Davidson of the 6th Battery 12th Brigade of the Royal Artillery. He was awarded a service medal in 1860 - would this have been for just being there or is there any way of finding out why and when the medal was awarded? Also, how...

    Started by EricS‎, 14-11-2016 6:33 PM
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  16. trying to find my grandfather

    hi I have joined this site to find details of my grandfathers service in ww2 . I was told he was a sergeant in the REME I have searched but cant find him . he was from Bridgeton in Glasgow Scotland he served most of ww2 then remained in Germany for 8 years after the war to clean up before returning...

    Started by proud grandson‎, 11-11-2016 3:27 PM
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  17. Findmypast free access to military records

    From 9am (London time) on Thursday 10th November until midnight on Sunday 13th November all of Findmypast's military records - over 70 million of them -will be free to search and free to view. You won't be required to provide credit card or bank details you will be required to register if you...

    Started by christanel‎, 10-11-2016 12:48 AM
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  18. Question Where to access full WW1 Service records in t

    Please excuse my ignorance but when I paid for the subscription to Forces War records, I thought that was what I would uncover. Not just a short summary. I am researching two brothers of the YOUNG family who died in WW1, I read about them in separate newspaper articles. John signed up in...

    Started by surfinnan‎, 07-11-2016 4:55 AM
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  19. POW WW2 Escapees from Italy to Switzerland

    Hi. I am trying to find out more about my Uncle Walter Smith of the Highland Light Infantry. He was reported a s a POW in Italy, Capua camp but by Jan 1943 had escaped to Switzerland to an internment camp. The family story is that he went over the Alps guided by Italian Partisans. I would love...

    Started by bevhen‎, 16-08-2014 6:16 PM
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  20. Royal Engineers battalions

    Hi, I'd like to know if it was usual for a Royal Engineer to change battalions? I have a relative who I think started in the Adjutants Detachment in 1857, but in 1861 he's in the 15th Company in Chatham and in 1871 he's in the 11th company in Gibraltar. Does that sound possible? How can I find...

    Started by vffel2‎, 20-10-2016 10:25 PM
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