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World War One Services Records

The best place to start with military records is with WW1 services records (WO 363) or the burnt documents as they are known. These can give a huge amount of information including place of birth, marriage information and any children the recruit might have.

Sadly many of these records where lost during the World War 2 Blitz. Other have either been untouched or have burn marks on them. Millions of Records, Millions of Answers. Ancestry.co.uk - Click here!

Approximately 5 million men served in the British Army in World War One (WWI).

These records contain a variety of forms, including:

  • Attestation forms - the form completed by the individual on enlistment
  • Medical history forms
  • Casualty forms
  • Disability statements
  • Regimental conduct sheets
  • Awards
  • Proceedings on Discharge
  • Cover for Discharge Documents
  • Index Cards

Information available in these records includes:

  • Name of soldier
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Regimental number
  • Date of attestation
  • Physical description

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