Saturday, 18 November 2017

Findmypast adds British Military Records

The major new addition to Findmypast this week is

British Army, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

with over 212,000 names from The National Archives' series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen.
Included are admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations together with records from Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital dating from 1910.

If you're looking for someone with a common name good luck. First names are not given, just initials. There are 646 people named J. Smith.  Perhaps you can narrow down the possibilities from the index information that he was a gunner, service number 3611 serving with the Royal Field Artillery admitted in 1917 to the 14th Field Ambulance. Additional information in the attached image is that he was age 26 and had served 2-4/12 years and that, unlike most, no religion was given.

There are seven other military additions or updates to Findmypast this week.

British Armed Forces, First World War Widows' Pension Forms

Transcripts and images from The National Archives' series PIN 82, Ministry of Pensions: First World War Widows' Pensions Forms. The over 8,000 transcripts will reveal service number, regiment, cause and date of death, spouse's name, marriage year and children's names. Images may provide further details about your ancestor, such as their attestation year, rank and date and place of death. Some records will also note any awards or medals.

British Army, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1807-1948

More than 96,000 enlistment registers, transfer registers, discharge registers and casualty reports from 1830 to 1946 to uncover a detailed history of Royal Welsh Fusilier military service. Each result will include both a transcripts and an image of the original document.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Military Tribunals 1916-1919

From the Portsmouth History centre 14,141 records to find out about exemptions from military service through a military tribunal. Under the 1916 Military Service Act certain occupations were deemed exempt or essential to the war effort. Others could also seek exemption by applying to a tribunal for reasons such as illness, potential business damage, conscientious objection, or family hardship.

From the transcripts together with the linked image of the original record you will likely find birth year, marital status, the date of their tribunal hearing, the location, addresses, occupations, employers' details and decisions or recommendations made by the tribunal.

Military Historical Society Bulletins

More than 6,000 pages of fully searchable Military Historical Society Bulletins in pdf, from 1950 through to 2017, reveal historical facts about military events, background information about regimental uniforms, and regimental histories, images of soldiers, uniforms, and badges.

British Army, First World War Casualty Lists

Explore over 2,000 issues of the War Office Weekly Casualty List, a publication of the names of those who were reported as missing, taken prisoner of war, wounded, or killed in action, providing the individual's name, rank, regiment, and service number.

British Army Service Records.

Over 47,000 new records for the Scots Guards records are added to the collection of British Army Service records. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards.

Prisoners Of War 1715-1945

New records covering non-British Soldiers include the names of thousands of prisoners from nations around the world.

And the non-military addition this week is:

Middlesex, Harrow School Photographs Of Pupils & Masters 1869-1925

Portrait or group photographs along with a transcript of details related to the student originally captured by Hills & Saunders. Findmypast has added supplemental information about each student from the Harrow School Registers that may include their house, housemaster, clubs, monitor, father's name and address.
This image is of a student who later became a Governor General of Canada. Who is it?

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