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GJW

Hi,

 

Can anyone fill me in on where Ancestry and FMP get the papers for ordinary ranks? I am sure they are not all digitised and I would love to spend a day or two where they are locared?

 

Gerard

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Chris_Baker

I am afraid that will not be possible, Gerard. The originals are in the care of the National Archives but stored in a former salt mine in Cheshire. They are not accessible to the public.

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GJW

Bummer Chris. doing research on Rep. of Irieland soldiers is difficult work at the best of times. Kew is good for Officers but limited because of it. Is there anywhere else beside Ancestry and FMP I should be looking, do you know of?

 

Gerard

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Coldstreamer

some regiments or the MOD have papers - who are you after ?

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7 hours ago, GJW said:

Bummer Chris. doing research on Rep. of Irieland soldiers is difficult work at the best of times. Kew is good for Officers but limited because of it. Is there anywhere else beside Ancestry and FMP I should be looking, do you know of?

 

Gerard

All of the 'other ranks' WW1 service records in the N/A holdings have been digitised and are on FMP/Ancestry


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Coldstreamer

the MOD hold papers for men who served during and subsequently after ww1 - there is a database on the forum somewhere

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Keith_history_buff

The data on post 1920 service records for men born before 1901 is accessible via Ancestry.
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61448

Alternatively, you can download all the files for free. They were provided in response to a question from forum member Justinth. Here is a link to where the files can be found. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foi-responses-released-by-mod-week-commencing-1-december-2014?fref=gc&dti=302369916601668

 

 

 

Edited by Keith_history_buff
Posted a link to Justin's blog in error

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Keith_history_buff

When the renumbering took place in 1920, new Enlistment Registers were created. Many of these now sit with the archives of regimental museums. If I recall, those for the Royal Artillery and the Royal Tank Regiment are available via FindMyPast. Here's a thread on the subject.

https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/214248-attestation-books-where-they-were-sent-by-the-modnat-archives

 

Coincidentally, I see you are interested in Irish soldiers. The description books for those Irish regiments, where the recruiting district was now in the Republic of Ireland, have been digitised by the National Army Museum, so this may be of use to you. Their service records should still be with the MOD
https://www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons

 

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GJW

Thank you kind people - I have enough here to keep me perplexed for ages. I appreciate the time given to respond to this.

 

Gerard

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