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Military Careers of Servicemen

Do you want to learn more your ancestor's involvement in the First World War, or military engagements of the 19th Century?  Are you intrigued by a name appearing on a local war memorial or a Commonwealth War Graves headstone in a local cemetery?

A range of sources and resources, including Battalion war diaries and Regimental histories, is used to identify ancestors who served in the military and to research their service career during the 19th century and early 20th century.  Support can also be offered for research into servicemen of the Second World War.

Many First World War service records were destroyed by enemy action during the Second World War, and so military service details for 1914 - 1918 vary greatly in depth and detail.  An initial assessment would be carried out to establish what details might be available for each serviceman's military career.

For some servicemen, this initial research may indicate that it might not be possible to extend the project beyond a few basic details but, where more information exists, a timeline and short biography will be compiled with copies/ photographs of relevant documents included.

Hourly rate - £20

(Typically, researching an individual serviceman would cost between £60 and £120 to complete but for larger projects a reduced hourly rate would apply. )

Page from a FWW War Diary

Surviving War Diaries from 1939 - 1945 are also available at the National Archives at Kew but these have not yet been digitised. 

These can be photographed and/ or transcribed by Waymark Genealogy.

First World War Diary Transcription

The War Diary provides a fascinating account of the day to day experiences of the Battalion.  Through its War Diary we get an 'at the coal face' view of the movements and actions of each Battalion and this enables a better understanding of the experiences of a soldier in that Battalion.

Although officers are mentioned more regularly, please be aware that the War Diary rarely mentions individual soldiers of 'Other Ranks' by name.

Waymark Genealogy can transcribe specific sections of the requested Battalion diary for you and map the movements of that Battalion.

Hourly rate - £20