WORLD WAR ONE SERVICE RECORDS
During World War Two the building that housed the service records of the British
Expeditionary Force of WWI servicemen was bombed. As a result of this action
most of the service records were destroyed. The remaining records(Approx 650.000)
were severly damaged in the fire. Due to this fact is is almost impossible to
locate a service record of a serviceman that was not an officer. Officer records are
available for searching. At the present time the existing documents are being
microfilmed and are being made available to the public over the next several years.
This project is aptly named THE BURNT DOCUMENTS
If you request my service to obtain a service record of a BRITISH or CANADIAN SOLDIER there
is certain information I will require.
The minimum information I require for most searches include the following
UNIT OR SERVICE NUMBER
If this information is not available, there is no guarantees that the information can
be located. This is especialy true if the name is a fairly common one. The more detailed
the information YOU can supply, the better the chance of locating the record.
Army service records are a great source of information for the GENEOLOGIST. I do not think
that people researching their family roots realise yet what a GREAT source
these records really are.