Friday, July 8, 2022

Findmypast Friday: Explore 268,000 New Military Records

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


From pension records to honour rolls, here's everything that's new on Findmypast this week.

The focus is on military records this Findmypast Friday. Here’s  a rundown of our latest releases.

A brand new collection, these honour recommendations comprise over 79,000 records and cover 55 years from the Second World War onwards. The majority of these records are, of course, for the British Army and dominions armies personnel. However, dotted around you'll also find some Royal Navy, Royal Marines, and Royal Air Force records, as well as decorations exchanged between British and Allied armies. Each transcription will give you a name, as well as rank, regiment, and corps where available. You will also find the context of the recommendation

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards

Findmypast has added another 52,000 new records to this collection, bringing the total up to an immense 6.3 million. These new additions are for the Long Service Good Conduct Medal, India General Service Medal Pegu (Army) 1852-1853, and India General Service Medal Pegu (Navy) 1852-1853.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919

Findmypast has also released nearly 20,000 new additions to this collection. All of these new records feature men who joined the Royal Navy in 1810. The information for each record will vary, but you may find details such as the year the pension was granted, military discharge year, length of service, and more. Where available, it's also worth checking the original image in this collection, as it may contain extra comments written about your ancestor.

British Army Lists & Commission Registers 1661-1826

The largest addition of the week is the new British Army Lists & Commission Registers collection, with over 118,000 records. They span from 1661 until 1826. They will usually give you a full name, a regiment and rank, and an event date - which tends to be the date that the officer was commissioned. 


Findmypast have three new newspapers from Bromley, one from London, and updates to 16 existing titles this week. Here's a full rundown.


New titles: 

  • Black & White, 1891-1899, 1902, 1905
  • Bromley and West Kent Telegraph, 1868-1872, 1886-1896, 1898-1913
  • Bromley Chronicle, 1891-1892, 1894-1896, 1898-1921
  • Bromley Journal and West Kent Herald, 1869-1885, 1887-1902, 1905-1912
  • Spiritualist, 1869-1882

Updated titles: 

  • Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 1976
  • Aldershot News, 1981
  • Barbados Agricultural Reporter, 1887-1888, 1895-1910
  • Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury, 1996
  • Derbyshire Times, 1921
  • Faversham Times and Mercury and North-East Kent Journal, 1989
  • Harrow Observer, 1996
  • Hounslow & Chiswick Informer, 1988
  • Kensington News and West London Times, 1936
  • Nantwich Chronicle, 1977
  • Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1928
  • North Star (Darlington), 1920
  • Nottingham Recorder, 1989
  • Oldham Advertiser, 1989
  • Pontypridd Observer, 1989
  •  Salford Advertiser, 1992


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