Our Military Genealogist, Simon Pearce, shows you how to start researching British WW1 ancestors. Researching your WW1 ancestors’ military service is a rewarding and exciting part of family history. Knowing where to…
Seven Medal Records to help you Research your Military Ancestors
Military Genealogist Simon Pearce provides an insight into seven medal record collections to help you research your military ancestors
All Quiet On The Western Front: Christmas Truce 1914
One of the last examples of chivalry between enemies in war, the Christmas Truce, as it became known, was a series of unofficial and unlikely ceasefires that took place around December 24th and 25th, 1914. READ MORE:
Finding the Commonwealth soldier in your family tree
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
Verdun – Not the bloodiest, but the most grueling Battle of WW1
On 21st February 1916, 101 years ago today the Battle of Verdun started. Verdun was one of the most savagely fought battles of World War One. READ MORE HERE:
WW1 Troop Movements – Track your army ancestor’s movements using our Order of Battle of Divisions (ORBATS) interactive Map
Track the movements of your WW1 army ancestor through battles such as the Somme, see where his unit moved to and listen to what happened at each location.
The Catholic Women’s League In WW1 & WW2
If you thought the Catholic Women’s League was only interested in helping Catholics, think again. Bernie Townsend, Chairman of the Services Committee of the league, explains just why the charity received recognition from the British, French and Belgian go
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month 1918, the guns of World War One fell silent.
On this day the world rejoiced as peace was declared. However, for millions of men the Armistice came too late, and indeed, many poor souls were lost in the last days or even hours before the ceasefire came into effect.
First Day of The Battle Of The Somme – 1st July 1916
Although the Battle of the Somme could be referred to as comedy of errors by the men in command, it wasn’t a very funny one. Over a million men lost their lives fighting it.