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Joy Report 28 Aug 2012 22:28 fascinating site.


mgnv Report 31 Aug 2012 18:05

More records at Library and Archives Canada (For all the records here, use the help link)

16. British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY 105012 Help
17. British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - DOCUMENTS 105012 Help

From the early 1700s to 1871, the defense of Canada was primarily the responsibility of British military and naval forces. Therefore, the military authorities created different types of documents most of which are held at the National Archives in England in various War Office and Admiralty series. However, other records created in Canada remained here when the British Forces left in 1871. Library and Archives Canada holds many of those documents and they are regrouped into one major fonds, RG 8.

24. War of 1812: Miscellaneous Records Help
25. War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848, RG 19 E5A 139215 Help
26. War of 1812: Lower Canada Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1A7 133532 Help
27. War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1B7 183676 Help

19. Commonwealth War Graves Registers, First World War 46246 Help

“Black Binders” (volumes 39 to 144) It should be noted that the post-war movement of graves, of which there is sometimes a series of movements, will be recorded in these registers.

20. Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War 46246 Help
“Brown Binders” (volumes 145 to 238) which focuses on the circumstances of death (if available) with particulars of the initial grave site, if known.

28. Veterans Death Cards: First World War 46114 Help

When Veterans Affairs was notified of the death of a First World War veteran, a death card was created and those cards are now in the custody of Library and Archives Canada and are used as a finding aid to the personnel records of the First World War.
This collection includes death cards up until the early 1960s [so sometimes this falls within a provincial BMD closure period on deaths, which makes this collection quite useful on occasion]


Joy Report 11 Mar 2013 14:44

For Atlanta.


Cynthia Report 4 Apr 2013 16:57



Cynthia Report 5 Apr 2013 10:52

Useful advice. Thank you.


SylviaInCanada Report 7 Apr 2013 04:24



SylviaInCanada Report 10 Apr 2013 05:20



Renes Report 14 May 2013 13:36

And a little nudge


Joy Report 19 Aug 2013 21:17



ErikaH Report 20 Aug 2013 12:54

Perhaps GR could be persuaded to transfer this thread to the new Military Chat board?


Joy Report 31 Aug 2013 20:29

That would seem logical.


Joy Report 1 Sep 2013 19:35

My thanks to Roy (Porkie_Pie):

WW1 soldier wills digitised for online archive


Joy Report 11 Sep 2013 18:32



ArgyllGran Report 12 Sep 2013 09:51

Search Japanese POW records 1939 - 45 free:

And lots of other stuff on the site in general:

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 13 Sep 2013 00:33

I couldn't find my uncles' names listed on the Forces War Records PoW site, however I did find one on another site, Captive Memories, which includes an Oral History Project where I was able to hear him speaking in 2 short clips, presumably from a longer interview . You may find your PoW ancestor here too...

For Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) information and websites...

And one more, on this one you can search for your PoW. I found both my uncles listed here, yet they do not appear on other lists


Andysmum Report 1 Nov 2013 12:35

One found the other day while looking for Naval records. It contains lots of snippets of fascinating information for anyone with Royal Navy ancestors. (Did you know that sailors were issued with knitted drawers?) :-) :-)


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Dec 2013 12:03

Deceased on Online hold many military burial records

Overseas Sites Burial Dates
Cyprus: Polemedia Camp Military Cemetery 1882 - 1984
Egypt: Abbassieh Garrison, Helmich Garrison 1927 - 1946
Egypt: Ismailia Cemetery 1929 - 1978
Egypt: New British Cemetery, Cairo 1897 - 1914
Egypt: Port Said, Cairo 1902 - 1918
Malta: Misc. island-wide military burials 1823 - 1946
Malta: Garrison of Malta Burial Ground 1891 - 1999
Malta: Imtarfa Military Cemetery 1899 - 1908
Malta: Rinella Military Cemetery 1890 - 1908
Malta: The Quarantine Bastion Cemetery 1939
Singapore: W D Cemetery, Pasir Panjang 1947 - 1959

UK Sites Burial Dates
Aldershot Military burial ground, Aldershot, Hampshire 1856 - 1911
Bordon Garrison Military Cemetery, Bordon, Hampshire 1910 - 1985
Camp at Colchester Cemetery, Colchester, Essex 1857 - 1859
Canterbury Garrison, Kent 1808 - 1958
Greenwich Royal Hospital and Chapel, Greenwich, London 1844 - 1966
Haslar and Clayhall Royal Navy cemeteries, Gosport, Hampshire 1826 - 1911
Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 3NR 1864 - 1975
Royal Garrison Church of St George, Woolwich, Greenwich, London 1937 - 1964
Sandhurst Royal Military College Chapel, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PQ 1829 - 1978
Sheerness Dockyard Church, Isle of Sheppey, Kent 1756 - 1826

Free to search - purchase credits to view


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Jun 2014 09:18

Hi Polly

WW2 records will still be with the MOD. See the link on the first post on this thread for the forms to order them. Unless he or his widow can sign them, they will cost you£30 with a likely wait of up to 9 months.


Caroline Report 30 Aug 2014 19:22


I'm trying to find out information about my great uncle, who was in the RE (Royal Engineers) in WW1. If I know his service number, is there a way to find further information about regiment, service record etc?

I'm very new at researching military matters, so any advice would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 11 Nov 2014 12:03

MILLITARY RESEARCH TIP for those who are in charge of GR.....

Today, the 11th day of the 11th month, is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. This is the date (one hundred years ago, as it happens) when the Armistice was signed at 11am, and it signalled the official ending to World War 1. It is a memorial day observed by Commonwealth of Nations member states (and some non Commonwealth states) to remember their armed forces who have died in the line of duty .

It comes around at the same time every year, so for most people it is very easy to remember, and is commemorated by the wearing of, or showing, a red poppy, as a mark of respect to all those who have fallen in war.
Note - many GR members have used a picture of a red poppy as their avatar this week, as a mark of respect, but GR itself has used no such marker.