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Medals Yearbook (Token Publishing). This lists all British medals with photos and descriptions, and features some colonial/Commonwealth medals. A comprehensive yearly guide.

Army Service Records of the First World War by William Spencer (PRO, 2001). An excellent summary of all sources that you will encounter if your relative served in the army during the Great War. Also look at RAF records of the war, by the same author.

Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 (JB Hayward & Son, 1989)

Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 (Samson Books, 1979)

A Bibliography of Regimental Histories of The British Empire by Arthur S White (London Stamp Exchange, 1988)

British Regiments 1914-1918 by Brig EA James (Samson Books, 1978)


British Library National Newspaper Library: Searching the newspaper archives can provide useful details to corroborate a strand of research. A helpful catalogue exists online to help with enquiries.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: An online database of the graves or memorials commemorating the deaths of Commonwealth servicemen and woman from the two world wars. The site also includes information on battle sites in Europe and futher afield. Enquiries are undertaken via online searches.

Practical Family History: A national magazine with useful articles on tracing ancestors, plus links to many other sites concerning research and genealogy.

The National Archives: An excellent resource that combines practical advice with links to specialist sites throughout the UK. Leaflets and suggestions for further research are available on many aspects of military history.

Medal Net: A portal for researchers and collectors of orders, decorations and medals awarded by British Commonwealth countries.

Victoria Crosses: A directory of Victoria crosses held in regimental museums in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Places to visit - museums

Take a trip to your local regimental museum and look at their medal collections. Take along a research book to find out what the medals represent, or the staff may be happy to explain them to you.

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Tel: 020 7 416 5320 Exhibits and resources on many conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from World War One to the present day. You can arrange to view the extensive collection of diaries and letters held by the Department of Documents.

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Tel: 020 7 730 0717. The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the army as a whole, from Agincourt in the 15th century to contemporary peace-keeping.

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 020 8 858 4422. Collections and exhibitions on various aspects of naval history and maritime personalities. You can research Royal Navy archives and crew lists in the library, as well as general information on naval history. Arrange an appointment before visiting.

RAF Museum, Graham Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. Tel: 020 8 205 2266. Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation. Aircraft and exhibits relating to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.

Places to visit - research

The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel: 020 8 392 5200 Personal callers are welcomed to undertake personal research on their ancestors' military careers and service records.

The Liddle Archive, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT. Tel: 0113 233 5518 A library of letters, diaries and other documents written by servicemen and women of both world wars. Records of the collection are held online. Should you wish to view documents, the library recommend you make an appointment.

British Library National Newspaper Library, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HE. Tel: 020 7412 7353 Callers are welcomed. Access to the archives is granted providing some form of identification is given.

Battle Tourist Information Centre, 88, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, UK. TN39 OAQ. Tel: 01424 773 721

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Published: 14-09-2004

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