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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: WWI Mapping tool launched on FWR TODAY

    ORBATS Launched on FWR today. Launch of WW1 Troop Movements To commemorate those lost on the Somme · New ‘moving' interactive and informative map from Forces War Records · Audio-visual function – see battle manoeuvres as they happened - step-by step, listen to what happened in...

    Started by timbo58‎, 01-07-2016 11:55 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: July issue - Forces War Records e-magazine

    The July edition of our ‘new look’ monthly magazine is out now – and it’s completely free to read. Jam packed full of Somme related features, along with genealogy hints, tips and information from many experts and specialists, it’ll make a great read. We hope you enjoy! See: http://fwr.to/s6D7X ...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 01-07-2016 1:34 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: New Exclusively Transcribed Collection WO417

    In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day and the end of the war in Europe, Forces War Records will be releasing a brand new collection of daily reports from the Second World War, also know in the National Archives as WO 417 War Office: Army Casualty Lists, 1939-45. We are really...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 28-05-2015 3:14 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Looking for records after 1921 including WW2?

    Looking for records after 1921 including WW2 and more modern army records? See the sticky message about how to apply for them that I posted, click HERE

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 20-04-2014 12:20 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Army Abbreviations

    The Royal Anglian and Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Assoc have posted one of the most extensive lists of army definitions that I've seen. Here No doubt someone's going to come up with something they've forgotten! Let me know if you do.

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 22-01-2014 4:14 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 3:08 PM
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  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: How to find some British Army records

    There are an enormous number of records available for the RN, RM and British Army and a large number of these are held at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew. Our site sponsors Forces War Records hold over 5 million records of military ancestors going back to 1350 so their site is a good place to...

    Started by Geoffers‎, 20-09-2008 11:24 AM
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  1. john brock royal artillery . limerick militia

    john brock born in devon 1837 ish joined royal artillery sent to spain .gib .malta married lady from gib. anne galeia-gelese-gelase ? (name spelt dif on all kids birth certs) by late 1860,s was in limerick militia 1876 rank quartermaster late 1880,s was captain hes in peerage web site daughter...

    Started by obbie‎, 15-01-2009 3:32 PM
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  2. Joining the Army in 1870

    I have found my great-grandfather's military record but nothing prior to that. Would the Army have required a birth certificate at the time of joining in 1870. The Regiment was 11th Hussars and he joined up in Brighton. Many thanks

    Started by Pat370‎, 07-10-2018 6:29 PM
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  3. Enlistment New Armies

    Hello My Grandfather enlisted in Sept 1914, he lived in Rotherhithe. He served for most of the war in the 2nd Btn Queen's. Is it possible he enlisted at the 1/22nd County of London Rgt (Queen's) drill hall in Bermondsey into one of the Queen's Service Btns and was then drafted to 2nd Btn on...

    Started by Brianaw‎, 06-10-2018 9:27 AM
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  4. Gaps in Military Service and 1800's

    Hi everyone - Hopefully someone can help. I have located military records for my x4 great grandfather who served in the British Army from 1816 - 1837 (I assume he died in service in 1837) His records show that he served in the following regiments: 70th regiment of foot - May 1816 - March...

    Started by Neill81‎, 05-10-2018 12:27 PM
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  5. Shoeburyness Home Guard

    Hi, My late grandfather, James Dorrell, was a member of 3rd Platoon. E Company, 16th Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Home Guard). This platoon was "based" at the Experimental Establishment" at Shoeburyness, to the north of Southend-on-Sea, where an armoured train called the "Terror" was in use...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 18-01-2009 12:37 PM
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  6. 82nd. Regiment of Foot

    Greetings from Canada, While convinced that KEW should have what I am seeking I have extreme difficulty searching their website and finding anything specific about the man I seek. Ordering some WO is like casting a large net and not catching my particular fish. Dead certainty is preferred. As...

    Started by Lambton‎, 11-05-2009 2:54 PM
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  7. Breach of the articles of war

    Whilst searching through some convict hulk records from 1842 I came across the following: These are the records of 2 soldiers brought back from Barbados who were sentenced to be transported for life for "breach of the articles of war", and were ultimately sent onto VDL (Tasmania) in...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 22-09-2018 1:28 PM
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  8. Ulster Home Guard Information

    Would anyone know if there is a digitised record available? My great granduncle would have been aged 60 in 1939 - too old to have enlisted, but still within the age limits, I believe, to have joined the Home Guard.

    Started by SimonMFoster‎, 17-09-2018 4:29 AM
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  9. Enlistment Records - World War I

    Anyone know how to obtain enlistment records? Trying to find my grandfather's details for joining the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) at the start of World War I.

    Started by Frazzle19‎, 04-04-2018 9:32 PM
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  10. Men b1850s-1900s - Surnames beginning CLA

    11067 Men, from CLAASEN to CLAYTON, born between 1850 & 1905 They all appear in WO 363 - the "Burnt Records" ("WW1 Service Records" on Ancestry). All Military, but NOT all involved in WW1 - some died before the Great War started. Don't expect to get a blow by blow account of what they did -...

    Started by fullscott‎, 16-09-2018 7:55 AM
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  11. Confused - London Reg & Labour Corps

    Hi, I stumbled across your website this evening and am impressed with the knowledge of members. I live in the UK and have been trying to make head or tail of my grandfather's military records here in the UK and wonder if some knowledgeable persons could assist me? My grandfather was Charles...

    Started by SouthAfrican‎, 05-05-2011 10:30 PM
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    Started by gilian rowland‎, 02-05-2016 11:18 AM
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  13. Bishenden POW ?

    Hi All a mystery , I am researching a local Fallen soldier from our village : Leonard Bishenden born 1899 ,Newington ,Kent died 8th September 1918 ,France 33rd machine Gun Corps no 115396 . enlisted February 1917. Family details /story has it , that he was taken prisoner approx....

    Started by deanC‎, 03-09-2018 6:00 PM
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  14. World War 1 Drafts

    Hello Can anyone tell me if New Army recruits were drafted into Regular Army battalions BW

    Started by Brianaw‎, 28-08-2018 12:51 PM
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  15. A German in The Glosters?

    In the 1871 census, my great-great-great grandfather, John William Reese, is listed as a Chelsea Pensioner, and as a naturalised British citizen, born in Germany. I believe that John was in the 61st Regiment of Foot, which was stationed in the Channel Islands not long before the 1871 census. ...

    Started by VelkyAl‎, 24-08-2018 7:38 PM
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  16. Photo identification

    Found in an old photo album...Any help in identifying the regiment and rank would be appreciated. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fo-0CQ7uX7BMesRxuVRVevlWS0FanQSd/view?usp=sharing

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 19-08-2018 12:28 PM
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  17. On Leave for the Battle of the Somme

    I researched the military career of my ancestor, Claude Hume, some time ago. He was in the Kings Liverpool Regiment, 20th Battalion. He was promoted to Sergeant and then in the later years of the war he gained a Commission and was in the Machine Gun Corps. He survived the war. I recently saw...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 16-08-2018 2:53 PM
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  18. Help finding records of Robert George Black

    Hello all. I am about to share with you a source of great frustration in my family tree relating to a Robert George Black and his family line and I am hoping someone could potentially help me. There are a number of issues with regards to Robert. I know a fair bit about him and his movements...

    Started by jdchisim‎, 25-07-2018 8:12 PM
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  19. 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade

    I have come across a photo of (I think) a young Uncle Fred with an army officer and I wondered if anyone could shed some light on who the officer is. Written on the back of the photo/postcard is 4903 Sergeant Major ??? 13th Battalion Rifles Brigade B company, but I can't read the name. Can anyone...

    Started by Pipsqueek‎, 22-07-2018 6:09 PM
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  20. Identifying Number on Spoon

    Hi I have a old ? army spoon that my father gave to me. It was part of a larger assortment of cutlery from his family. There is a number etched on the front and it is stamped YOC UNSTAINIC o the back, the last couple of letters are unclear. I have had no luck finding out about the spoon. Can...

    Started by collsy‎, 12-07-2018 3:18 AM
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