Friday, 13 November 2015

New WW1 era records at Findmypast

The Findmypast weekly update includes the following British records

Surrey, military tribunals 1915-1918 contains registers and letter books for four military tribunals held at Woking, Dorking, Haslemere and Guildford in Surrey. Military service tribunals were bodies set up by local councils for men who wanted to appeal for an exemption from conscription. Each record includes and transcript and image of the original document. Over 10,000 men are included.

The Lloyds of London Memorial Roll 1914-1918 contains the records and photographs of men company employees who died during the First World War. Over 2,000 men from the historic insurance firm served in the military during the conflict, many of whom joined London regiments such as the London rifle Brigade or the London Scottish.

The Stock Exchange Memorial Roll 1914-1918 is a record of employees of the London Stock Exchange who gave their lives for King and Country during the Great War. The Roll contains both men and women. Each entry contains a biography and, in some cases, testimonies from fellow soldiers and commanding officers. Many of the 1,600 men listed served with the Stock Exchange (10th) Battalion of Fusiliers.

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Victoria, World War One Soldier Settlers contains the details of Australian veterans of the First World War who applied for a land lease under the State of Victoria's Battle to Farm settlement scheme. There are over 12,000 transcripts in this collection, each of which links to scanned images of the original soldier settler file. Transcripts can contain information the land that was leased and reveal significant biographical details about individual settlers such as family names, past occupations, and financial details.

Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907-1933, contains over 1.3 million records. detailing payments from the US Veteran's Administration (VA) to those receiving veterans' pensions. It includes both transcripts and images of the original pension records for payments made between 1907 and 1933. This means that some of the veterans listed actually died prior to 1907. Details can include how much money was paid out, when it was paid out and to whom. Find names of next of kin as well as date of death and details of military service.

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