An ancestor in the armed forces
How do you find an ancestor who you believe may have died whilst serving in the armed forces. I was looking for a great great uncle and couldn’t locate a death certificate or any evidence of him past the 1911 census.
For anyone born in the late 1890′s, there is a very real chance that the person served in the armed forces.The Commonwealth War Graves commission publishes lists of all British servicemen / women who died in the two world wars and the cemeteries in which they are buried, listing cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 150 countries,
Tyne Cot Cemetery
The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. It is situated in Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen and lists almost 35,000 casualties.
In memory of Thomas Peter Forshaw
Rank: Private: Service No: 56678
Died: 25/09/1917: Age: 25
Regiment: The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Battalion
TYNE COT MEMORIAL:Panel 31 to 34 &162 & 162A and 163A.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
How to locate the burial site of a soldier
The Australian war memorial can help you find Australian soldiers. The Memorial has produced databases of names and associated information based on records in its collections. You can find the details of those who died in conflicts in the Roll of Honour and Commemorative Roll databases. Using nominal rolls created by the Memorial and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you can locate the names of those serving with Australian forces in various conflicts.
You can search the Collection search database for items in that relate to individuals and the units they served in. For example, the photographs collection includes individual and group portraits of military and support personnel, allied and enemy soldiers and local civilians, and scenes of the Australian homefront. The private records collection includes private papers, letters, and diaries of non-government organisations and individuals. The film, sound, art, heraldry, and technology collections are also useful sources. Official records contain documents from the Australian army, navy, and air force, and the Books database lists published material, including maps and journals. You can also browse digitised images of selected Australian Army war diaries.
The National Archives can help to locate a soldier’s military history records.
An extensive collection of links for the land, sea and air forces.
Service Records about service in the Australian defence forces from Federation in 1901. Find out how to access the records relating to service with the army, navy and air force.
The National Archives UK
has links to military records from First world War, Second World War, other medals and military campaigns, medals and honours.