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Britain, First World War Campaign Medals

This week sees a new transcript collection of British First World War Campaign Medals, containing 6,527,684 detail-rich records.

The information recorded is similar to that contained within the existing Medal Roll Index. However, you can expect to find additional details to enrich your understanding of military service.

As well as a name, rank and service number, you can expect to learn a disembarkation date (when they arrived in a theatre of war), a regiment or unit, and the theatre of war that they fought in. This information is provided in the form of a code, for example, 1 is Western Europe, 1A is France and Belgium, and 1B is Italy. For the full list of theatre of war codes, be sure to consult the extra information on the search page.

Many of these records also contain extra information such as battalion, previous service details, and whether they were demobilised or killed in action. As personnel are listed under the unit that they were serving with when they received the medal, you may find multiple records for the same person.

Cheshire, Macclesfield WW1 Hospital Records

If your ancestor recovered at Macclesfield Infirmary between 1914 and 1918, then their name may just appear within this set’s 1,880 transcriptions.

Each record is a transcription of an original hospital record, held at the Cheshire Archives. Although an initial is often used in place of a first name, knowing an ancestors’ service record will allow you to pinpoint them within this collection with ease.

From these records, you’ll learn a name, a birth year, an age, an event date and a place, as well as details like rank, service number, regiment and unit or corps.

You’ll usually be given an admission date, as well as the date and year that a person was discharged from the hospital. In some cases, the name and address of a relative or friend is also listed – this rich information may help you to build your family tree.

Crimean War casualties 1853-1856

Added this week are 5,893 new transcriptions, which cover the span of the war (1853 to 1856).

These records are an index of casualties from the conflict. You can expect to learn a full name, a date, soldier number, rank and regiment, as well as a description of the casualty and details of the action it was caused by.


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