WW1 unknown soldiers graves

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  1. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

  2. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    This will, in time, be extraordinarily useful but it will be some years before the millions of records reach the internet, by way of them all being scanned and a computerised index prepared.
     
  3. It is extraordinary that what led Peter Barton to the Red Cross Archives was the work he is doing on the Fromelles excavation, which begins this spring.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7940540.stm

    http://www.army.mod.uk/news/12435.aspx

    http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/SnowdonAlerttpl.cfm?CurrentId=8771

    That research into the Australian troops who fell there may well now result in the fallen in so many other of the CWGC cemeteries being identified and having names on their graves. I have found that one of the most overwhelming aspects of visiting the graves is just how many are listed as Unknown and have often wished that something completely unexpected would happen to enable them to no longer be Unknown, but never thought that that would ever happen.
     
  4. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    It would seem that a British copy of all these Red Cross cards was lost in the same WW2 air raid in which a large proportion of the Army's WW1 records was destroyed (by water as well as fire). However the national archives do have the Army WW1 medal rolls and these are online. Left out, of course, from that are all those who never bothered to claim their medals, just wanted to hang their boots up and get on with what was left of their life. Some of the 'burnt records' have been recovered and placed online but the coverage is small. There are records of correspondence from some of those trying to claim a pension, which, if your man is among them, make interesting (and often rather harrowing) reading.
     

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