Friday, 24 May 2019

FindMyPast tops up British Military Collection with 1million additional records

FindMyPast has uploaded just over a million additional records to three of its British military collections, as briefly described below:

Prisoners of War 1715-1945
This collection is by far the biggest recipient of this latest 'top-up', with more than 876,000 additional records created by the International Committee of the Red Cross during the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918, all belligerent countries involved provided lists of prisoners to the ICRC, which created an index card for each prisoner and detainee.

The records in this collection are diverse and comprise original source material provided by The National Archives, as well as transcript-only records from other sources. The records not only include military personnel but also civilians, diplomats, missionaries and merchant seamen.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records
More than 85,000 additional records have been added to FindMyPast's collection of First World War Soldiers' Medical Records. These include both transcripts and images of original documents, and provide details of where and when soldiers were wounded, the nature of their disease or wound, the medical facility they were sent to and the dates of their treatment as well as details pertaining to their military career.

The records include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations, plus records from Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital before the First World War, dating from 1910.

British Armed Forces and Overseas Browse
A browse-only collection, and one I found difficult to navigate, this record set has been topped up with 85,000 additional records related to births, marriages, and deaths of British civilians and members of the armed forces. The records include individuals who were working or travelling abroad or who were serving their countries overseas. The details found in each record will depend on the original source.