Friday 11 November 2022

FindMyPast delivers a mix of Military records from World War 1

With Veterans' Day and Remembrance/Armistice weekend now upon us, FindMyPast has released a handful of small collections that may help you to learn more about your ancestors and their experiences in the British military during the First World War. Brief details are below with direct links to each record-set.

The War Pictures Weekly has joined
FindMyPast's British Newspaper Collection

Prisoners Of War Sound Recordings 1916-1918
This collection, the first of its kind to join the FindMyPast database, offers 56 sound recordings of servicemen held in German prison camps in the First World War. Among the recordings are a 22-year-old boxmaker from Cork (Daniel Kiely) and a 36-year-old shoemaker from Belfast (John McCrory).

Prisoners Of War, General Correspondence, 1915
If you've located ancestors that were captured and imprisoned in German camps, this collection will give you an insight into the hardships endured by POWs. It comprises official government documents, reports, and personal letters from loved ones. Many of these records describe concern over the conditions of the camps, as well as some first-hand accounts of imprisonment. A few named individuals also appear.

British Rolls Of Honour and Nominal Rolls, WW1
Some 251 records from Coventry, in the English Midlands, have been uploaded to this collection, which now holds more than 310,000 entries.

The War Pictures Weekly and the London Illustrated Weekly.
This newspaper was published from 1914 to 1916 in London. It featured an array of illustrations from the First World War, ranging from German infantry; land, sea and air battles; troop trains; food riots at Home and the impact of reduced police numbers after so many officers enlisted. It's relatively short text features brought details of how the war was progressing militarily and how people at Home were managing.

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