Discovering Your Heritage: How to Locate British Army WW1 Service Records

With the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018, many people are looking for ways to discover their family’s history and find out more about their ancestors who served in the British Army during the conflict. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help you locate your ancestor’s service records and learn more about their experiences during WW1. Here is a guide on how to locate British Army WW1 service records.

Searching Online Resources

The first step in finding your ancestor’s service records is to search online resources. The National Archives website has a comprehensive collection of records from WW1, including service records, medal cards and pension records. You can also search through, which has a large database of military records from WW1. Both sites are free to use and can provide you with valuable information about your ancestor’s service history.

Using Other Sources

In addition to online resources, there are other sources that can help you locate your ancestor’s service records. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website is an excellent source for finding out more about those who died during WW1. It includes information on where they served and where they were buried or commemorated. You can also contact the Ministry of Defence or local regimental museums for further information on your ancestor’s service history.

Preserving Your Findings

Once you have located your ancestor’s service records, it is important to preserve them for future generations. You can do this by scanning or photocopying the documents and storing them in an archival-quality folder or album. You may also want to consider digitising the documents so that they can be shared with family members and other interested parties online.

By using these resources and following these steps, you can discover more about your heritage and learn more about your ancestor’s experiences during WW1. With a little bit of research, you can uncover a wealth of information about your family’s past and gain a greater understanding of their contribution to the war effort.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.