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First World War army service records : a guide for family historians

Author: William Spencer
Publisher: Kew, U.K. : National Archives, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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"The National Archives celebrated First World War holdings include personal files of officers and other ranks, campaign medals, gallantry and meritorious service awards, courts martial and casualty lists. Its remarkable collection has records of Dominion forces and the Indian Army, the WAAC, the Royal Flying Corps and RAF, as well as auxiliary and nursing services.Over 10,000 individual unit war diaries cover all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Spencer
ISBN: 9781905615261 1905615264
OCLC Number: 173720908
Notes: Previous edition: published as Army service records of the First World War. Richmond: Public Record Office, 2001.
Description: 160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Using The National Archives --
Introduction --
1. Records of Those who Served in the First World War --
2. Officers' Records of Service --
Types of Commissions --
Wo 338 --
Wo 374 --
Royal Army Medical Corps (Temporary) Commissions --
Other Record Series --
The Army List --
Other Printed Lists --
Disability Pension Files (pin 26) --
The King's African Rifles and West African Frontier Force --
3. Other Ranks' Records of Service --
The 'Burnt Records' (wo 363) --
The 'Unburnt Records' (wo 364) --
Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (wo 398) --
Digital Access to wo 363, wo 364 and wo 398 --
Household Cavalry Records (wo 400) --
The Ministry of Pensions Records (pin 26) --
Files of Dead Chelsea Pensioners (wo 324) --
The King's African Rifles and West African Frontier Force --
The British West Indies Regiment --
The Macedonian Mule Corps --
4. Nurses --
Records of Service --
Medals --
Disability Pensions (pin 26) --
The Nursing Times --
5. Indian Army Records of Service --
Officers --
The Indian Army List --
Other Ranks --
6. Records of Service of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force --
RFC and RAF Officers --
RFC Other Ranks --
RAF Other Ranks --
Women's Royal Air Force --
7. Unit War Diaries and Operational Records --
Army Structures --
Unit War Diaries (wo 95) --
War Diary Extracts in wo 154 --
Military Headquarters Papers and Correspondence (wo 158) --
Intelligence Summaries (wo 157) --
War Office Registered Files: General Series (wo 32) --
War Office Directorate of Military Operations (wo 106) --
The Official Historian's Papers --
Printed Sources --
Embarkation and Disembarkation Records --
Army Orders --
8. Trench and Other Maps --
Trench Maps --
How to Use Trench Maps --
Military Headquarters Maps (wo 153) --
Other Maps --
9. Campaign Medals --
Medals and Silver War Badge --
Medal Index Cards --
Medal Rolls --
How to Use the Medal Records --
Operational Theatres of War 1914-20: Alphanumeric Codes --
Regimental Order of Precedence --
10. Awards for Gallantry and Meritorious Service --
The Process --
Recommendations --
Citations --
The London Gazette --
Colonial and Dominion Gazettes --
The Victoria Cross --
The Distinguished Service Order --
The Military Cross --
The Distinguished Conduct Medal --
The Military Medal --
The Meritorious Service Medal --
Mentioned in Despatches --
The Royal Red Cross --
Indian Army Awards --
Orders of Chivalry --
Foreign Awards --
11. Courts Martial --
Courts Martial Proceedings (wo 71) --
Registers of Courts Martial --
Other Courts Martial Records --
Published Sources --
12. Prisoners of War --
Wo 161 --
Repatriation Reports --
13. Casualties and War Dead --
Hospital Records --
Disability Pensions --
War Dead --
Deceased Soldiers' Effects --
Widows' and Dependants' Pensions --
The Memorial Plaque and Scroll --
Other Printed Rolls --
Death Certificates --
14. Records of the Dominion Forces --
Operational Records --
Records of Service at The National Archives --
Records of Service held Abroad --
15. Records Held Outside the National Archives --
Absent Voters Lists --
Newspapers --
Other Archives --
16. Research Techniques --
How to Begin --
Joining the Army and Changing Units --
Researching Other Ranks --
Regimental Numbers --
Researching an Officer --
RFC then RAF --
Finding Unit War Diaries --
Ranks --
Medal Index Card Remarks Box --
Appendix 1. Regimental Order of Precedence --
Appendix 2. Regional Record Offices --
Appendix 3. Post-First World War Records of Service.
Responsibility: William Spencer.

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