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Five new military collections just launched: over 480,000 new records

We have just published five fantastic new military record collections on findmypast.co.uk which comprise 482,879 records.

See below for details of each set of records and for more information about each of the collections:

WWII Prisoners of War – 104,838

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations – 24,928

Ireland’s Memorial Records of the Great War – 49,602

Register of the Second Anglo-Boer War – 259,581

WWI Naval Casualties – 43,930

More information about the records

WWII Prisoners of War

The register of over 107,000 British Army prisoners of war held in Germany and German occupied territories. On findmypast.co.uk you can search for each individual soldier’s number.

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations

This award was instituted in 1854 during the Crimean War to recognise gallantry for Other Ranks (i.e., non-officer rank). Second only to the Victoria Cross in terms of prestige, this award was prized as much by the soldiers of the time as it is by medal collectors today. Bars were awarded in recognition of further acts of gallantry meriting the same award.

This set of records lists the full citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (and second and third award bars) in the Great War, and when you search, you’ll discover fascinating and rich detail about each soldier.

Ireland’s Memorial Records of the Great War

Eight volumes of details of over 49,000 fatal casualties. The men and women commemorated either served in Irish Regiments or were born or resident in Ireland at the time of their death and were serving with units from Britain and its empire. On findmypast.co.uk, you can search by each soldier’s number.

A remarkable feature of the volumes is the beautiful symbolic borders designed by the artist Harry Clarke, best known for his work in stained glass.

Register of the Second Anglo-Boer War

A unique database for genealogists, military historians and medal collectors: a quarter of a million records of men and women who served in the British Imperial Forces during the war in southern Africa: soldiers, sailors, nurses and civilians. You can search over 258,800 names, including a completely revised casualty list of 59,000 casualty records.

WWI Naval Casualties

These records contain details of naval other ranks deaths in service during the First World War. The original records are held by The National Archives and are in a perilously damaged state.

When you search these records you’ll find the soldier’s full names, rating, number, branch of service, name of ship or unit, decorations etc., as well as other valuable information. The date and cause of death, location of their cemetery and reference of grave (where applicable) is shown together with the name and address of the relative notified of the death.

Find your ancestors in our extensive military collection 1656-1994.

Search 480,000 new military records on findmypast.co.uk

  • http://www.findmypast.co.uk Paul Nixon

    Fantastic; great to see these military datasets on FMP and the Boer War dataset is stunning – a quarter of a million records! Great photo too, by the way. Who are they?

    • http://www.findmypast.co.uk jessmoore

      Thanks Paul – these are soldiers from the Boer War.