Monday 13 August 2018

New military records join FindMyPast

FindMyPast has added the following British / Irish military records to its database:

Irish Officers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Originally published in 1916 as Our Heroes, this book covered the period August 1914 to July 1916. It contains photographs, with biographical notes, of more than 1,000 officers of Irish regiments and Irish officers of British regiments who had fallen in action, or who had been mentioned for Distinguished Conduct. Also included in this volume is a brief history of the chief events of the Great War (to July 1916) in which Irish regiments were engaged.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
More than 58,000 records have been added to FindMyPast's existing collection of 6.2million records, which includes details of awards across various branches of the military. The collection holds names from the British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy and records from both world wars as well as the Peninsular War, Indian Mutiny, Waterloo, and many more conflicts. The new additions cover recipients of the Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Medal, and Distinguished Conduct Medal, Distinguished Service Order and Commando Gallantry awards. See the landing page for details of all 19 medal types covered.

Three other military collections joined the FindMyPast database last week, but as the source of the material of each is not adequately described, I'm not going to bother to describe them. I don't think they would be top collections for Irish ancestors, anyway. (Just as well.)