When someone declares war on Britain, they’re not just taking on a tiny island. Traditionally, when Britain has stood on a battlefield, her Commonwealth forces have stood up right beside her; some because they are obliged to be there, but others, in count
Tag: Military Records
What are the Royal Navy Ranks and Royal Naval Trades?
Are you having trouble understanding Royal Navy ranks and trades? If you are please read this short tutorial that could help with your research.
Story of Marcus McDilda – Kempeitai Torture – WW2 FEPOW
We’ve got a brand new collection of records coming out on the eve of #VJDay, the 14th of August. As a little taster check out our blog and read about one of the men who could testify to the horrors of being an Allied FEPOW under the Japanese: Marcus McDil
Imperial Prisoners Of War Held In Japan – WW2 POW Records
For the first time ever, the National Archives’ 56,000+ WO 392 ‘British Prisoners of War held in Japan or Japanese Occupied Territory’ collection is available in its entirety online for quick and easy searching. Is your PoW ancestor in our ‘’Imperial Pris
Allied WW1 Casualties – WWI Brusilov Offensive Casualties
In terms of casualties, Russia was the nation that suffered most in the First World War. Take a look at our infographic comparing its losses with those of the rest of the Allies. The Brusilov Offensive would prove to be her most costly.
Harry Patch – The Last Survivor of the Trenches from WW1
In honour of Remembrance Day, this week the Forces War Records team paid a visit to the grave of Henry John ‘Harry’ Patch, the last survivor of the trenches of the First World War.
Gordon Highlanders WW2 Records – 51st Highland Division
This account of the Gordons’ war was found in the booklet ’51st Highland Division in North Africa & Sicily’, kindly donated to our archives by Sgt. Walter Stanley Brown. 298th Field Battery R.A., 126th (H) Field Regiment R.A., B.A.O.R. Read on!
Animals, Mascots and Pets in WW2
A little-known part of this piece of history is that many pets were adopted by British troops