04 November 2009

Ancestry adds WW1 records

Approaching November 11 Ancestry has added to their WW1 collection.

Ireland’s Memorial Records, an 8 volume set compiled by The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial, originally published in 1923, provides information on over 49,000 Irish men and women who died in the Great War. The information complements that found in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database, adding the place of birth.

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924, contains biographies of over 26,000 casualties of the Great War. Casualties include men (both officers and ranks) from the British Army, Navy, and Air Force. 7,000 of the biographies include photographs. The source is a CD-ROM published by UK Navy & Military Press Ltd. Although these are called biographies some of the entries provide only basic information as would be found in the CWGC database, but other are quite extended biographies including an appreciation by a friend or colleague. It is not full-text searchable. The source is also available at findmypast.com.

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 contains the surviving service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in WWI and did not re-enlist in the Army prior to World War II. It appears this update is the final release and the database now contains the entire surviving service records collection.

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