Military Monday: new at Findmypast

British Army Lists & Commission Registers 1661-1826
The largest addition of the week has over 118,000 records. They span from 1661, when the British Army – then the English Army – was originally founded, until 1826. There are partial transcriptions and original publication images.

They will usually give you a full name, a regiment and rank, and an event date – which tends to be the date that the officer was commissioned.

There are four entries for John By of the Royal Engineers from 1802 to 1826. In 1802 and 1803, he was a First Lieutenant effective 19 April 1801. In 1824 (twice), a Lt. Colonel effective 2 December 1824.

British Army, Recommendations for Military Honours and Awards 1935-1990
Includes over 79,000 records covering 55 years for gallantry in the face of an enemy, meritorious service (not in the face of an enemy), distinguished service, or a combination thereof.

The majority of these records are for the British Army and dominions armies personnel, with some Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force records, as well as decorations exchanged between British and Allied armies. Most are for service during the Second World War.

The records are transcripts, with a date on which the award was announced in the London Gazette given.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Another 52,000 records are in this collection, bringing the total up to 6.3 million, for the Long Service Good Conduct Medal, India General Service Medal Pegu (Army) 1852-1853, and India General Service Medal Pegu (Navy) 1852-1853.

These records span the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. You’ll find records from both the World Wars and the Peninsular War, Waterloo, and other significant conflicts.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
Nearly 20,000 additions for men who joined the Royal Navy in 1810. You may find details such as the year the pension was granted, military discharge year, length of service, and more. Where available, it’s also worth checking the original image in this collection, as it may contain additional comments. Expect to find multiple documents for the same person,

 

 

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