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BerichtGeplaatst: 21 Feb 2008 8:33    Onderwerp: Website hosts Britain's First World War records Reageer met quote

The heroism of millions of Britain's First World War servicemen, from ordinary foot-soldiers to actors and future prime ministers, is disclosed on the internet for the first time from today.




The exploits of famous names such as Harold Macmillan and Anthony Eden, who would both survive the battlefield to lead their country, as well as Noel Coward and Harry Patch, the last remaining "Tommy", are among the stories published online.

The records of 5.5 million troops awarded medals between 1914 and 1922 - the most comprehensive Great War collection in existence - are being released by the website, Ancestry.co.uk.

It will give people an unprecedented opportunity to trace the wartime achievements of their ancestors as most of the official service records from the First World War were destroyed during a German air raid in 1941.

Fifteen different medals were awarded, from the Victoria Cross to campaign honours such as the Victory Medal, to British and Commonwealth troops. The online files are based mainly on index cards recording each serviceman's medals, reason for decoration and corps, unit and regiment.

Some of the medal winners were more deserving than others. Noel Coward, the actor and playwright, served in the Army for only 158 days at the age of 18 before being marked down as "nervy".

Noel Chavasse, however, was Britain's most decorated soldier of the war, winning the Victoria Cross on two occasions. The medical officer won the Military Cross in 1915 and his first VC in August 1916 for "extreme bravery under enemy fire while tending to and rescuing the wounded".

A year later he suffered a serious head wound while helping injured soldiers on the battlefield near Ypres, yet carried on for four days before succumbing to his injuries. He was awarded the VC posthumously.

Albert Ball, the first of Britain's air aces, also won the VC. He was recognised for his "most conspicuous and consistent bravery" during April and May 1917 in which he flew alone in 26 dogfights, destroying 11 enemy aircraft. Ball was killed after combat with Baron Manfred von Richthofen's "Flying Circus".

Macmillan and Eden both fought at the Somme, Eden winning the Military Cross for rescuing a comrade under heavy fire, and Macmillan demonstrating great bravery by leading a raid on a machinegun post which left him with a bullet in the thigh.

The medal records also chart the service of Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer who was employed on diplomatic missions to South America after being deemed too old for the Western Front, and Claude Rains, who featured in the film Casablanca after surviving a gas attack while serving alongside his fellow actor Basil Rathbone.

The files are held by the Western Front Association and go online in two phases, starting today.

Simon Harper, the managing director of Ancestry.co.uk, said: "This fascinating collection preserves forever the heroic actions of an entire generation of young men and is the single most comprehensive resource for anyone with an interest in researching British or colonial soldiers who fought in the Great War.

"This collection will be relevant to just about anyone with ancestors living in the UK during World War One and is both a rich source of military information and a means of ensuring that the exploits of these brave soldiers are remembered for generations to come."

Martin Hornby, of the Western Front Association, said: "We are delighted that this important set of historical records has been completely digitised and will now be made widely available to anyone with an interest in this defining time in British and colonial military history."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/20/nheroes120.xml
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BerichtGeplaatst: 21 Feb 2008 8:34    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Source Information:
Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008. Original data:

War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War ‘Burnt Documents’ (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO363); Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, Tel: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.
About British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
This database 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. The type of information contained in these records includes: name of solider, age, birthplace, occupation, marital status, and regiment number.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 21 Feb 2008 8:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dat is dus een link voor in de favorieten. Zo eentje die te pas en te onpas van pas komt.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Apr 2010 22:38    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

WWI soldier records published online
By Channel 4 News
Updated on 05 November 2009


Detailed career records of over two million British soldiers who served in the first world war are published online for the first time. Tony Robinson speaks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Ancestry.co.uk is the first website in the world to launch the British Army World War I service records, 1914-1920.

The service records contain a variety of information concerning all aspects of the army careers of those who completed their duty or were killed or executed.

Details include the soldier's name, date and place of birth, address, next of kin, former occupation, marital status, medical records, service history, regiment number, locations of service and discharge papers.

Each service record contains an average of 16 pages, but in some cases as many as 60 pages have been collated.

The new archive complements the British Army World War I pension records, 1914-1920. These records, which are already online, contain almost 10 million pages of personal information relating to almost one million discharged soldiers who, having sacrificed their own wellbeing for the war effort, suffered disabling sickness or injuries for which a pension was subsequently granted.

Historian and broadcaster Tony Robinson told Channel 4 News that the new online publications "dramatically" changed the way history can be viewed.

"The last remaining British soldier who fought in the world war died this year," he said.

"So suddenly world war one is just history - there's nobody to tell us about it and now we can access our family history particularly with relation to the war in a way no one's ever been able to.

"In a way I think its quite extraordinary that history has got closer to us and the more that people access sites like this the more cost effective it becomes to put lists online. So that now in addition to the service records that went on today we’ve got all the medal records, we've got all the medical records, we've got a while host of biographies of people who fought in the first world war.

"So in a sense, oddly, the war is getting vivider and closer to us than it ever has been.

"My granddad, for instance, when we came back from the first world war he took off his uniform and his vest and his pants and his shoes and his socks and he chucked them all on a pile of fire. He and my grandma and my dad and his brother just watched them all blaze in the fire.

"After that my granddad never spoke once about what he'd been through in the first world war and I guess if that was true for him it's true for tens of thousands of other people.

"But this kind of work can bring those stories back to life now."

Salvaging the documents

Sixty per cent of the original paper documents were destroyed by fire when the war office was struck by a bomb in 1940 during a London air raid. The surviving paper records now online have become known as the "burnt documents".

Forty three million pages of paper originals are held on microfilm and are the second most viewed collection at the National Archives. Together, the pension and service records form the definitive source of information in existence of more than three million British soldiers who fought in World War I. The process of digitising the masses of material has taken three years.

Notable names are included in the service records. These include Basil Rathbone, the British actor best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in 14 movies between 1939 and 1946. He was enlisted in the London Scottish Regiment in 1916.

Noel Coward, the flamboyant English playwright, director and actor signed up in 1918. His service history details a head injury that saw him obtain an honourable discharge with "30 per cent degree of disablement" - this ensured he received a pension.

Other war heroes include George Peachment. Hewas awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in saving the life of an officer near Hulluch in France. He was later killed in action.

Henry Mays' records contain a letter from his sister revealing that he enrolled under a false name to avoid being traced by his mother. This solved a family mystery that had spanned 90 years. His family, who have the name of Taylor, had pondered over the reasons as to why they were in possession of medals bearing the unfamiliar name of 'Mays' for years – a mystery finally solved by Henry's service record.

William Spencer, military records specialist at the National Archives said; "It is fitting that the digitisation of surviving first world war soldiers' records of service should be completed at this time.

"With Harry Patch's death last July, any direct living connection to these records has finally been severed and marks the passing of this significant period in British military activity into history.

"Digitising these records makes them accessible to people around the world, many of whom had ancestors who served in the "war to end all wars", and who will now be able to discover so much more about them."

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/arts_entertainment/media/ww1+soldier+records+published+online/3411307
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Apr 2010 18:17    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Helaas doet de site het niet.
Weet iemand of de site een andere naam heeft gekregen? Een snelle zoektocht op Google leverde niets op.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Apr 2010 19:23    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/
Gratis is het echter niet.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Apr 2010 19:38    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

En nog redelijk duur ook...
Alhoewel het misschien meevalt als je daadwerkelijk op zoek bent naar je voorvaderen.
Maar om gewoon eens door de site te bladeren is het me toch iets te duur.
Jammer ik had gehoopt die service records in te kunnen zien.
Ach ja... Wink
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Apr 2010 19:54    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Die van de Australiërs zijn gratis in te kijken :
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx
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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Apr 2010 21:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

WWI service records go online
Deborah Linton - November 05, 2009

THE service records of thousands of Greater Manchester war heroes are going online. The papers, from World War One, include details of battles, medical records and letters home. They provide a fascinating insight into some of the 45,000 men from the region who found themselves in the 1914-1918 conflict. They are among more than two million service records that are now online.

More than five million Britons fought in the war but almost two-thirds of the records were destroyed when the war office was bombed during World War Two.

Every remaining record - known as the 'burnt documents' - will now be available for families and historians to search by name, regiment or area.

They include those of John Colbrade, from Hulme, of the Machine Gun Corps. He survived the bloodiest period of the war, including Battle of the Somme, but failed to return from leave and was jailed for 14 years as a deserter. Typical records include those of Percy Aspland, a Royal Engineer from Hulme, whose records detail his military career from his 1915 enlistment, aged 37, to his discharge four years later.

Injuries
The records of Arthur Jackson, from Chorlton, tell how a bomb left him with facial injuries. They include a letter in which he forgoes his claim for a medal because the officers he served under were killed and could not therefore provide a statement for him.

It has taken a team of ten people three years to compile the files, working in The National Archives in London.

The papers average 16 pages for each serviceman. Among the records are those of the famous - playwright Noel Coward and Sherlock Holmes actor Basil Rathbone.

Dan Jones, of Ancestry.co.uk which has made the records available on its website, said: "The service records will provide millions of people with information to help them better understand what their heroic ancestors were like as soldiers, including their performance in battle, their health and details of their general appearance."

William Spencer, military records specialist at the National Archives, said: "It is fitting that the digitisation of surviving First World War soldiers' records of service should be completed at this time.

"Digitising these records makes them accessible to people around the world, many of whom had ancestors who served in the `war to end all wars', and who will now be able to discover so much more about them."

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1180834_wwi_service_records_go_online
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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Apr 2010 21:10    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

shabu @ 12 Apr 2010 19:17 schreef:
Helaas doet de site het niet.
Weet iemand of de site een andere naam heeft gekregen? Een snelle zoektocht op Google leverde niets op.

Staat hier iets bruikbaars tussen?
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