This weekend we will be commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. Even though, as a woman in my 30’s, I have no idea or memories of what life was like 100 years ago, I will remember my ancestors who fought in the war. We also try and involve the children in remembrance, by selling poppies for the Royal British Legion at our local Sainsbury’s.
I have been researching my family history for sixteen years. Over that time I have found many ancestors that fought in The Great War. The first one that comes to mind is my Great Grandfather, who was in the Royal Engineers. He served overseas until he was sent home after losing his toes to frostbite. As a member of Ancestry, I have been able to find his service records and details of the medals that he earned during his service.
I have found Ancestry to be a massive help in researching my family history. They currently have a WWI centenary page dedicated to discovering your ancestors wartime story. Here are some other resources elsewhere on the internet specific to World War I.
Resources to Research your World War I Family History
- Type your ancestors name into Family Search UK World War I Service Records 1914-1920 to find their service record
- Search the Common Wealth War Graves Commission, If your ancestor was killed in action
- The London Gazette has a list of Medals awarded for outstanding soldiery. Maybe you can find your ancestor’s name there?
I hope this information helps you with your research, and that it might make the commemorations this weekend more meaningful in discovering your story.