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Army - Soldiers' Service Documents ('Burnt Documents'), Other Ranks WWI (Military)

Nature of Source

Service records of those that served in WWI comprising of attestation papers, discharge papers, medical records and casualty forms. The records include those killed in action and those discharged without pension and could include soldiers who enlisted before 1914.

About two thirds of the records were destroyed by enemy action in WWII.

Knowing which regiment a man served in is of great benefit when researching a soldier's career at The National Archives (TNA). If the person's place of service is known, then the Monthly Returns held at TNA will help in identifying his regiment as the returns show the location of each regiment on a monthly basis. The returns are held in series WO 17 and WO 73 and cover the years from 1759 to 1865. Additionally, the monthly journals United Service Journal and the Naval and Military Magazine (some editions can be found at the Internet Archive or at Google Books) also publish similar information as well as a number of reference books. Alternatively, his will might mention his regiment or possibly the birth certificates of his children. If the person (whether a soldier or officer) married, died or had children at a station abroad, then the Chaplain's Returns (1796-1880) which record such events, provide the regiment's name. The registers are available online at findmypast.co.uk or at www.familyrelatives.com. The Army Regimental Registers also provide the name of the regiment. For further help in identifying regiments, consult John Kitzmiller's 'In Search of the Forlorn Hope: A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records'. The Forces War Records & Military Genealogy website holds information on over 4000 units, bases and ships of the British Armed Forces offering a search facility for a specific units including regiments, ships, airfields.

The records of the Household Cavalry which comprised of the Life Guards, The Blues and Royals and the Household Battalion have all survived and can be found at The National Archives in series WO 400 with copies held at the Household Cavalry Archives, Combermere Barracks in Windsor. The surviving records of service for over 12,000 servicemen from the Household Cavalry are also available to search and download in Discovery, the catalogue of The National Archives covering 1799 to 1920. The records contain details of servicemen who were part of the Household Cavalry during the Battle of Waterloo, the Boer War and the First World War. The Guards Regiments have retained their own archives and are kept at the appropriate H.Q. or museum archives. These include The Guards Museum in London and the Queens Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum in Cardiff. The site hosts the Military Genealogy Database which contains a database of names from the 1st King's Dragoon Guards, Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) and 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Contact the regimental museum to find out if further information exists such as regimental histories and unit war diaries. WWI unit war diaries can add background information to a soldiers career and life and are mainly held at TNA in series WO 95 with copies kept by regimental museums. Although the diaries provide a valuable insight into the day-to-day activities of a unit, they very rarely mention an individual’s name. Some diaries have been digitised and can be searched by regiment, battalion, brigade or division number at the TNA’s online catalogue Discovery and then downloaded for a fee. First click on ‘Advanced search’ and then type in the search term. Then under ‘Search within’ select ‘Enter a reference’ and type WO 95. Alternatively search direct from the TNA First World War portal. Also consult the TNA’s Operation War Diary website for details about unlocking the information such as individual persons and place names contained within the diaries. A collection of WWI and WWII war diaries are available to read free online at Forces War Records. Ancestry also have a collection of WWI War diaries covering France, Belgium and Germany and Gallipoli and Dardanelles, 1914-1920.

If killed on service, look for his 'Field Service Report'. For details of an airman's death consult the 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' publication. First published in 1921, the 81 volumes lists approximately 635,000 Soldiers and 37,000 Officers who died in WWI. The records also deal with Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force casualties. The publication may contain additional information to that on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. The entire collection is published by The Naval & Military Press on CD-Rom and also available online (See below). The paper and CD versions are available at The National Archives, Imperial War Museum, Society of Genealogists and specialist and local reference libraries. Also consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register for details of a death and also consider looking through local newspapers which often carried obituaries for those killed in action.

Please note that soldiers were given regimental numbers which would change if they were transferred to another regiment and so may appear more than once in different army records. Information about regimental numbers and the dates on which these were issued to soldiers joining the British Army between 1881 and 1918 can be found at Army Service Numbers 1881-1918 Index. For the history and affiliations of every battalion of every British infantry regiment see www.1914-1918.net/regiments.htm. Present day army numbers remain with the soldier throughout their careers.

Service records for all ranks who served after 1920 remain with the Ministry of Defence with each military service maintaining its own record office. The Veterans UK web site provides contact details of where to apply for service records for each of the services.

Also see
Army - Casualty Lists, Other Ranks before 1914
Army - Chaplain's Returns, Regimental Registers and Service Departments Returns, Other Ranks & Officers
Army - Registers of Deaths, Other Ranks & Officers, WWI
Debt of Honour Register - Commonwealth War Graves Commission
War Memorials, Graves & Rolls of Honour (Including Scotland)

Where Found

The National Archives (WO 363, Soldiers' Documents, First World War 'Burnt Documents' Electronic images of these records can be searched online, see below for details. Paper indexes can be found at TNA)
The National Archives
(WO 297, War Office: Geographical Section General Staff: War of 1914-1918: Western Front: Maps; WO 153, War Office: War of 1914-1918: Maps and Plans)
National Army Museum/Templer Study Centre (The museum houses a wealth of information on the history and traditions of the Army including officer Army Lists, regimental and campaign histories, soldier's effects records, military memoirs and diaries, regimental and other military periodicals and books and other archives relating to the pre-1914 Army. The museum also holds the enlistment and discharge books for the Buffs, the Middlesex Regiment, and the five Irish regiments disbanded in 1922. See the web site for details of their collections and a series of information sheets for researching army family history)

Period Covered

1914 - 1920

Genealogical Value

Attestation Papers
Name, date of birth, address at time of sign up and next of kin.
Discharge Papers
Soldier's military career and service with foreign postings; Details of medical examinations and qualifications and awards gained; The place and reason for demobilisation.

Further References

General  
Annal, David & Collins, Audrey. Birth, Marriage and Death Records: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2012
Beckett, James Deuchar (ed). The Beckett Soldiers Index, A-C: Jade Publishing, 2003  
Beckett, James Deuchar (ed). The Beckett Soldiers Index, D-G Jade Publishing, 2009  
Beckett, James Deuchar (ed). The Beckett Soldiers Index, H-K: Jade Publishing, 2009
(Listing of soldiers from 1793 to about 1854 extracted from TNA series WO 120 and WO 116 and other sources such as marriage registers and medal awards. Arranged alphabetically by surname, forename and regiment including whether discharged at either Chelsea or Kilmainham Hospital. These published editions cover more ground than the Beckett Soldiers' Index available at The National Archives)
 

Bevan, Amanda. Tracing Your Ancestors in the National Archives: The National Archives, 2006

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Brereton, J.M. A Guide to the Regiments and Corps of the British Army: Bodley Head, 1985

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Blank, Dr. Stuart. Researching British Military History on the Internet: Alwyn Enterprises, 2007

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Cox. Reginald H. W. Military Badges of the British Empire 1914-18: Ernest Benn, 1982

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Farmer, John, The Regimental Records of the British Army: Grant Richards, 1901 (Free download available at the Internet Archive)

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Fowler, Simon. A Guide to Military History on the Internet: Pen & Sword, 2007

Fowler, Simon. Tracing your Army Ancestors: Pen & Sword, 2006

Fowler, Simon. Tracing Your Army Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2013

Gaylor, John. Military Badge Collecting: Pen & Sword Books, 2002
Grehan, John & Mace, Martin. British Battles of the Crimean Wars 1854-1856: Pen & Sword Books, 2014  

Kitzmiller, John. In Search of the Forlorn Hope: A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records, 1640-WWI: Manuscript Publishing Foundation, 1988

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Maddocks, Graham. Liverpool PALS: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th Service Battalions The King's Liverpool Regiment: Pen and Sword Books, 2015

Murphy, Gerry. Where Did That Regiment Go? The Lineage of British Infantry and Cavalry Regiments at a Glance: The History Press, 2016

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Paterson, Sarah. Tracing Your Family History, Army: Imperial War Museum, 2006 Buy Now on Amazon

Pols, Robert. Dating Old Army Photographs: Family History Partnership, 2011

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Saks, David. Boerejode: Jews in the Boer Armed Forces 1899-1902: 2010  

Spencer, William. Family History in the Wars: The National Archives, 2007

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Spencer, William. Army Records: A Guide For Family Historians: The National Archives, 2008

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Storey, Neil. Military Photographs and How to Date Them: Countryside Books, 2009

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Swinnerton, Iain, An Introduction to the British Army: Its History, Traditions and Records: FFHS, 1996

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Swinson, Arthur. A Register of the Regiments and Corps of the British Army: The Archive Press, 1972

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The Great War: A Photographic Narrative: Imperial War Museum: Jonathan Cape, 2013 Buy Now on Amazon

Usher, George. Dictionary of British Military History: A&C Black Publishers, 2006

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Watts, Michael and Watts, Christopher. My Ancestor was in the British Army: Society of Genealogists, 2009

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Westlake, Ray. The Territorials 1908-1914: A Guide for Military and Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2011
WWI  
Banks, Arthur. A Military Atlas of The First World War: Pen & Sword Books, 2013
Bridger, Geoff. The Great War Handbook: A Guide For Family Historians & Students Of The Conflict: Pen & Sword Books, 2013
Christopher, John & McCutcheon, Campbell. 1914 the First World War in Old Photographs: Over by Christmas: Amberley Publishing, 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
Doyle, Peter & Foster Chris. British Army Cap Badges of the First World War: Shire Publications, 2010 Buy Now on Amazon
Doyle, Peter. Great War British Tommy Manual: The British Soldier 1914-18 [All Models]-Haynes Owners' Workshop Manuals: Haynes, 2013 Buy Now on Amazon
Doyle, Peter & Foster Chris. Remembering Tommy: The British Soldier in the First World War: The History Press, 2013 Buy Now on Amazon
Doyle, Peter & Foster Chris. What Tommy Took to War, 1914-1918: Shire Publications, 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
Doyle, Peter. The First World War in 100 Objects: The History Press, 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
Forty, Simon. Mapping the First World War: Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above: Anova Books, 2013 Buy Now on Amazon
Fowler, Simon. Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Somme: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2015
Fowler, Simon. Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Gallipoli: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2015
Gregson, Keith. A Tommy in the Family: First World War Family History Tales and Research Tips: The History Press, 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
Hadaway, Stuart. Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Egypt and Palestine Campaigns: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen and Sword Books, 2017
Holding, Norman, More Sources of WWI Army Ancestry: FFHS, 1998 Buy Now on Amazon
Holding, Norman & Swinnerton, Iain. WWI Army Ancestry: FFHS, 2004 Buy Now on Amazon
Holmes, Richard. Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front 1914-1918: Harper Perennial, 2005 Buy Now on Amazon
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Holmes, Richard. The First World War in Photographs: Andre Deutsch, July 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
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Maddocks, Graham. Liverpool Pals: 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th Service Battalions The King's Liverpool Regiment: Pen and Sword Books, 2015
Paterson, Sarah. Tracing Your Prisoner of War Ancestors: The First World War: Pen & Sword, 2012
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Swinnerton, Iain. Identifying Your World War One Soldier from Badges and Photographs: Federation of Family History Societies, 2001 Buy Now on Amazon


TNA Research Guides

Websites

General
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-subject/default.htm (TNA Guide: Looking for a subject, Military history)
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/default.htm (TNA Guide: Looking for a person, Army)
www.ukmfh.org.uk (UK Military Family History Online: Links to web sites with online data and information to aid in military family history research)
www.armylists.org.uk (Guide to Army Lists and published lists available on CD)
www.parishchest.com (Online store selling military records from a variety of suppliers)
www.veterans-uk.info/index.html (Veterans UK)
www.armymuseums.org.uk/ancestor.htm (Ancestor Research & Military Genealogy)
http://archive.iwm.org.uk/server/show/nav.3240 (Imperial War Museum, Your History, Family History: Army: Information sheets include Tracing Army Ancestry, Army Service Records, Tracing Army Units and List of Abbreviations)
www.globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazfd/gazfd44.htm (British Military Records: The Army by Fawne Stratford-Devai)
www.militaryarchiveresearch.com (Military Archive Research, by Dr Stuart C Blank)
www.britishbadgeforum.com (The British and Commonwealth Military Badge Forum
British Cavalry Badges. Forum devoted to those with an interest in military badges and military badge collecting. Sections include British Cavalry Badges, Bibliography of Military Insignia and a Glossary)
www.genuki.org.uk/big/MilitaryRecords.html (GENUKI Military guide with useful links)
www.genuki.org.uk/big/BritMilRecs.html (British Military Records by Jay Hall)
www.armymuseums.org.uk (Guide and links to military museums in the UK)
www.nas.gov.uk/guides/military.asp (National Archives of Scotland Research Guide: Military Records)
WWI
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/index.htm (TNA online WWI exhibition)
www.1914-1918.net (The Long, Long Trail - The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918: A resource for military historians, genealogists and others with an interest in the Great War of 1914-1918 with information on the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army. The site includes a section on 'Researching a soldier')
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war (The First World War - The National Archives: Web portal dedicated to WWI with collections featuring letters, diaries, podcasts and videos, maps and photographs. Also discover online collections, research guides and educational resources to learn about the history behind the war)
www.operationwardiary.org
(Operation War Diary: Crowdsourcing partnership project between The National Archives, Imperial War Museums and Zooniverse which aims to unlock the details from within the WWI unit war diaries such as individual named individuals and place names)
www.bl.uk/world-war-one (World War One - The British Library: Explore over 500 historical primary sources from across Europe, together with new insights by World War One experts. Highlights include trench photographs, soldiers’ personal diaries, censored mail and propaganda posters)
www.westernfrontassociation.com
(The Western Front Association: The Association was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918 and to perpetuate the memory of all those on all sides who served during The Great War. The site includes a section on Research and Family History with articles providing help and guidance for your research into The Great War)
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org (Imperial War Museum: Lives of the First World War: Digital memorial to the 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth who made a contribution during the First World War. Each person will have their own Life Story page. Developed in Partnership with DC Thomson Family History. For the latest developments and additions see http://blog.livesofthefirstworldwar.org)
www.illustratedfirstworldwar.com
(Illustrated First World War: Online access to the First World War pages of The Illustrated London News and the wartime years of The Sphere, The Sketch, The Tatler, The Bystander, The Graphic and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News)
www.cwgc.org/discover1418 (The Discover 14-18 microsite is designed to enable the public to visit the CWGC memorial sites more easily and enhance their understanding of the historical context of the cemeteries and memorials. The site features a timeline and events calendar for WW1 and content themed around major battles and the different roles of the Army, Navy and Air Force)
http://maps.nls.uk/ww1/trenches
(British First World War Trench Maps, 1915-1918 - National Library of Scotland. Maps of the Western Front in the Great War depicting British and German trenches. Users can browse individual sheets using a zoomable map or view zoomable overlays of each map on a modern Google or Bing map)
www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search (IWM’s collections. Photographs from the First World War Q series - 115,000 photographs; Photographs from the WWI Bond of Sacrifice series - 14,000 photographs)
www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ww1-troop-movements (Forces War Records. WW1 Troop Movements. Interactive maps that allows you to track your WW1 army ancestor’s troop movements)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Surrey, Military Tribunals 1915-1918. These records are registers and letter books from local military service tribunals at Woking, Dorking and Haslemere and papers kept by the chairman of the appeal tribunal at Guildford, produced in association with the Surrey History Trust)
www.historypin.org/en/explore/first-world-war-centenary (Historypin: First World War Centenary Hub: A home for local community groups running First World War commemorative activities and projects in the United Kingdom and from around the world)
www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War (British Red Cross: First World War Volunteers: Search over 90,000 people who volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the war. Groups of volunteers were organised into Voluntary Aid Detachments)
www.everymanremembered.org (Every Man Remembered: The Royal British Legion initiative allows members of the public to commemorate with a personal dedication every individual man and woman from across the Commonwealth who fell in the First World War)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Welsh Guards 1914-1918. These records contain 4,060 names of officers who served with the Welsh Guards, and nominal rolls of Warrant Officers and NCOs)
www.military-researcher.com (Guide to WW1 research including causes of discharge)
http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk (TNA podcast: Tracing battalions or regiments of the British Army during the Great War)
www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa (The Great War Archive: WWI digital photographs, audio, film, documents, and stories submitted by the general public. The initiative was run by Oxford University between the 3rd March and the 30th June 2008. Users can now share First World War objects on the The Great War Archive Flickr Group)
www.europeana.eu/portal/en/collections/world-war-I (Europeana 1914-1918. Explore the untold stories and official histories of World War I in items from across Europe including postcards, letters, diaries, images and other memorabilia)
www.pals.org.uk/research.htm (Guide to researching service records)
http://ww1-lost-photos.livejournal.com (Blog covering the WWI photographs of the unknown soldiers)
www.ww1photos.com
(World War One Photos: Thousands of identified photos & obituaries of First World War officers, soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen and civilian workers)
www.flickr.com/photos/imperialwarmuseum/sets/72157627910530369/with/6279131985 (IWM Collections: Faces of the First World War)
www.1914.org (First World War Centenary: The site highlights centenary events and resources from across the globe with details of projects and events. The project is led by led by Imperial War Museums [IMW])
http://cymru1914.org
(Cymru 1914. The Welsh Experience of the First World War. Online access to digitised primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales)
www.inflandersfields.be/en (In Flanders Fields Museum. The museum presents the story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region and is located in the famous Cloth Hall in the centre of Ypres)
www.inflandersfields.be/en/namelist (Flanders Fields Museum: The Name List: The project aims to assemble all fatalities of the Great War who died or were mortally wounded in Belgium, both civilian and military, and whatever their nationality. The Name List will be launched on 4 August 2014 and includes the digitised Ireland’s Memorial Records which commemorates the memory of the thousands of Irishmen who died during the war)
www.inflandersfields.be/en/knowledge-center/casualty-database/introduction (Flanders Fields Museum: Casualty Database: The databases from the official war grave committees can be searched individually or across all databases. The individual databases include Belgian, French, Commonwealth, German and American soldiers, Belgian civilians and Ireland’s Memorial Records)
www.jewsfww.london
(London Jews in the First World War: We Were There Too. Documenting and commemorating the contribution London Jews made during the First World War. The site aims to create a permanent record of the lives of London’s Jewish men and women and their families, both in the military and on the Home Front, during 1914-1919)
www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/britain-remembers (Britain Remembers: The First World War Project Map: The aim of the Britain Remembers map is to showcase First World War projects run principally by volunteers)
www.stepshort.co.uk (Step Short: Folkestone Harbour Canteen Visitors' Books: Online collection of 42,000 names of soldiers, nurses and other individuals who passed through the town of Folkestone on their way to the Western Front between 1914 and 1919)
www.ljmu.ac.uk/merseyside-at-war (Merseyside at War 1914-1918: Memories and memorabilia of people from Merseyside who lived, worked or fought during the World War 1 period. Items include letters, photographs, birth certificates and records, posters and medals)
www.findmypast.ie (Ireland's Memorial Record: World War 1: 1914-1918: Online access to transcribed  volumes of Ireland's Memorial Records, created to preserve and commemorate the memory of the thousands of Irishmen who died during the war)

Online Databases

www.ancestry.co.uk (British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920. This database contains the surviving service records [indexes with original images] of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in WWI and did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II extracted from TNA series WO 363. The indexed records also include the names of spouses, next of kin and other family members shown on these records)
www.findmypast.co.uk (British Army Service Records 1760-1920: The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards from 11 different series of records from The National Archives. The dataset includes records from series WO 363 service records and WO 364 pension records. These detailed records provide information on your relative’s age at attestation, date of death if during service and any pension claim history, if he survived. Other series include WO 400 records of the Household Cavalry 1801-1919)
https://familysearch.org
(United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920. This browsable image collection contains records from two record series in The National Archives: WO 363, Soldiers' Documents, First World War 'Burnt Documents' and WO 364, Soldiers' Documents from Pension Claims, First World War)
www.ancestry.co.uk
(Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929. This database contains records detailing the money owed to soldiers of the British Army who died in service from 1901 to 1929. Records typically include the name of the soldier, his next of kin and their relationship, the date of death and sometimes the place, plus other details)
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/household-cavalry-soldiers.htm (The National Archives: Household Cavalry soldiers' service records 1799-1920. The records contain details of servicemen who were part of the Household Cavalry, file series WO 400, during the Battle of Waterloo, the Boer War and the First World War)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(Prisoners Of War 1715-1945. Over 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars)
www.thegenealogist.co.uk
(First World War Occupational Service Records. Service records of skilled professionals who were part of membership organisations, professional bodies and unions. Datasets include: members of the National Union of Teachers; members of the Institute of Electrical Engineers; Lawyers from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple)
www.thegenealogist.co.uk
(First World War P.O.W. Records: Over 80,000 fully searchable records of British and Commonwealth prisoners, of all ranks, taken prisoner between 1914 to 1918)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(Prisoners Of War, 1914-1920. This collection of records from The National Archives includes papers from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force. The records include the names of thousands of both Allied and foreign people taken prisoner)
http://grandeguerre.icrc.org (International Committee of the Red Cross: Prisoners of the First World War: During the First World War, 10 million people, servicemen or civilians, were captured and sent to detention camps. The belligerent countries involved provided lists of prisoners to the ICRC, which created an index card for each prisoner and detainee. Now, you can search through all 5 million of them)
www.forces-war-records.co.uk (Military Genealogy Forces War Records: Military records of over two million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments including Rolls of Honour, Crimean and Boer War Databases, Medal Rolls and Casualties Lists. The site also has a facility to access information on specific units or bases including regiments, ships, airfields)
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
(Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1: Transcribed servicemen medical records extracted from TNA series MH 106, made up from the many theatres of war. The records are a representative sample only and include admission and discharge registers from hospitals and casualty clearing stations, field ambulances, an ambulance train and a hospital ship)
www.findmypast.co.uk (British Army Service Records 1760-1913: Data extracted from TNA series WO 97 which provides details on soldiers, popularly known as Chelsea Pensioners, in receipt of a pension from the Royal Hospital Chelsea after discharge between 1760 and 1913)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942. The information contained in this collection is taken from enlistment books which were maintained by British Army regiments during the period under consideration. Each record includes an image of the enlistment book and a transcription. The original enlistment books that from this collection are owned by The Royal Artillery Historical Trust)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933: Registers of men who volunteered or were conscripted, published in association with the Surrey History Trust)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Armed Forces & Conflict Records: Search the records of various ‘Pals Battalions’ for WWI servicemen including the 'Manchester Pals' of the Manchester City Battalions, 1914-1916; Royal Fusiliers, Stockbrokers' Battalion, 1914-1918; Royal Fusiliers, 23rd Battalion, 1st Sportsman's Battalion, 1914-1918; ‘Salford Pals’ 15th, 16th & 19th & 20th Lancashire Fusiliers; ‘Liverpool Pals’ officially the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Service Battalions of The King’s Liverpool Regiment, 1914-1918; 'Oldham Pals' of the 24th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment; ‘Glasgow Pals’ officially the 15th, 16th and 17th Battalions of the Highland Light Infantry, 1914-1918; ‘Edinburgh Pals’, officially the 15th and 16th Service Battalions of the Royal Scots Regiments; ‘1st Bradford Pals’ officially the 16th and 18th  Battalions of The West Yorkshire Regiment; ‘Birmingham Pals’ 1914-1918)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942: This collection of over 870,000 records is taken from books which were maintained by British Army regiments, intended as permanent records of a man’s enlistment)
www.militaryarchive.co.uk (The Military Archive: The site incorporates three extensive sets of resources: 'Murphy's Register' which has an index of records and photographs of individuals who served in British and Allied Forces from 1880's through to 1935, with a particular emphasis on the Great War: 'The Rolls' which can identify and confirm details from official records with regards to medals awarded: ‘The Library’ is a large, searchable online collection of divisional and regimental histories, and rolls of honour)
www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk (ScotlandsPeople: Soldiers' Wills, 1857-1964: Wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers made available online by the National Records of Scotland. The vast majority of the Soldiers' Wills are from the First World War with others from WW2, the Boer War, Korean War and other conflicts between 1857 and 1964)
www.forcesreunited.org.uk (Forces Reunited: British Armed Forces community reunion site searchable by individual name or by unit. The site also has forums, military news, photo gallery and many other great sections)
www.findmypast.co.uk
(British Army, Deserters and Absentees In Police Gazette 1914-1919: Containing over 13,000 records, the database is comprised of lists of deserters and absentees published in Police Gazette during the First World War)
www.glosters.org.uk/soldiersearch (Transcribed summary service details of officers and men who served with the 28th North Gloucestershire Regiment during the 19th Century or the Gloucestershire Regiment in WWI. Database courtesy of Mr. J. Devereux)
www.bmdregisters.co.uk (Miscellaneous Foreign Marriage Returns RG3 4, 1826-1921. Includes WWI marriage registers)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Armed forces & conflict records, including Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 and War deaths from the Boer War, WWI and WW2)
www.military-genealogy.com/productHome.php?gproduct=gww1 (Military Genealogy: World War 1 Records including Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919)
www.familyrelatives.com (Military Records including Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1918)
www.genesreunited.co.uk (WW1 death Records including Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919)
www.ancestry.co.uk (WWI British Army Service Records including Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919)
www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie (National Archives Genealogy Website: Soldiers’ Wills, 1914-1917. Details of the wills of Irish enlisted and non-commissioned soldiers from the thirty-two counties of Ireland who died in the First World War while serving in the British Army providing free access to transcripts and original images)
http://imr.inflandersfields.be/index.html (Ireland’s Memorial Records: Online access to some 49,000 names published in 1923 in the Irish National War Memorial. The memorial books detail those who died or were mortally wounded during WWI, both civilian and military, and whatever their nationality)
www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons (National Army Museum: Irish Soldiers' Records: Search enlistment books of nearly 12,000 soldiers recruited in southern Ireland who served with The Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers. These regiments of the British Army were disbanded following the establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922)

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S & N Genealogy Supplies (Record of War Service - London County Council Staff 1914-1918; The West Riding Territorials in the Great War, by Laurie Magnus, first published 1920. Also available as a reprint from the Naval & Military Press)
Surrey History Trust (Surrey Recruitment Register, 1908-1933. details of about 85,000 men who signed up for service in Surrey between 1908 and 1933, including volunteers and conscripts in World War I)
Manchester and Lancashire FHS (Oldham Chronicle Index of Service Personnel 1914-1919: service personnel who were mentioned in the Saturday editions of the Oldham Chronicle1914 to the end of December 1919)
www.officialhistoryofthegreatwar.co.uk (Official History of The Great War: A complete record of the war on the Western Front, 1914-1918)
Naval & Military Press (Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919)
Naval & Military Press (National Archives British Trench Map Atlas: The Western Front 1914-18; Official History of The Great War France and Belgium)
The Western Front Association (Mapping the Front Collection. Produced in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum)
Great War Digital (Geo-referenced Great War Trench Maps. Digitised scanned maps from The National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Geographical Society and various private collections)