Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Genes Reunited adds military records

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To coincide with the 97th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, UK family history site Genes Reunited have released a variety of military records.

From today people interested in tracking down their ancestors from WW1 and the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902 can visit and search the latest records listed below:

- Royal Naval Officers' Medal Roll 1914-1920
- New Zealand WWI Soldiers, an index of 288,526 both male and female service personnel from 1914- 1919
- Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
- Records containing over 258,800 names of the men and women who fought during the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902

The Royal Naval Officers' records contain the complete WW1 Campaign Medal Rolls from 1914 - 1920 for 53,000 Royal Navy Officers. The transcriptions include the service details for Officers killed in action and those who died of wounds during WW1, in many cases they also contain post WW1 deaths and some WW2 deaths.

Another great resource for family historians are the recently added Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 records which include 703, 806 soldiers. The records contain soldiers who were killed in action, died of wounds, died of disease or other natural/accidental causes and those recorded as missing presumed dead.

Now that the records are available online, has discovered the famous poet, Wilfred Owen in the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 records. The record states his full name, Wilfred Edward Salter Owen and describes how he was part of the 5th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. The record details that he was killed in action on the 4th November 1918.

The newly added military records are available online at and can be viewed on a pay per view basis or Platinum members can choose to add on one or more of the record sets to their package at a low cost.

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited comments: "These military records are an important resource for family historians and we are thrilled to be adding to our continually growing military record collection."


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