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    DescriptionMillions of lives were touched in half a century of conflict between 1899 and 1953. From the empire-building Boer War to Cold War hotilities in Korea, professional armies were swelled by volunteers and conscripts. The World Wars, the greates conflicts ever known, had unprecedented impact. Over a million men and women enlisted and served in British armed forces alone during 1914-1918, and the figure for the Second World War was even higher. Almost every family has ancestral links to the Services, but finding details on individuals has often proved a difficult task. This clear, accessible guide shows how to get the ebst from all sources now available. It gives expert advice on researching men's and women's service records for over 50 years of conflict, including Army, Navy, Air Force, nursing organizations and merchant seamen. Wide-ranging in scope and practical in approach, it shows how best to trace an individual's career, including medal and gallantry awards, prisoner of war files, Home Guard records and casualty lists. Women who served are well represented, from the online release of Women's Auxiliary Corps records to First World War nurses, while newly available naval records open whole new avenues for reserach. Special techniques and tips are provided for tracing family members in the Commonwealth and Dominion forces and the Indian Army. Information from the official Gazetteer of the UK and Great Britain shows how to pinpoint American units as thet sered in Britain, and a special section draws on British and American sources to trade details of US servicemen and GI brides.


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    Title
    Family History in the Wars
    Subtitle
    How Your Ancestors Served Their Country
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Spencer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 116 mm
    Height: 154 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781903365953
    ISBN 10: 1903365953
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: RB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    BIC subject category V2: WQY
    DC22: 929.1
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Merchandise Category: REF
    B&T General Subject: 680
    Libri: I-RB
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, REF013000
    DC22: 929/.341, 940.40072
    LC classification: D411 .S67 2007
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHWL, WQY
    Illustrations note
    12 b/w illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    The National Archives
    Publication date
    30 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Richmond
    Author Information
    William Spencer has been Military Specialist at The National Archives since 1996. He served in the Royal Navy before joining the Archives in 1993 and possesses an MA in War Studies from King's College, London. He is the author of the bestselling Army Service Records of the First World War (3rd edition) and Air Force Records for Family Historians.