Remembrance Day

I am currently working on a series of blog posts about ancestors killed in the First and Second World Wars. I know very little about military history, but have been spending a few days reading official war diaries and the diaries and memoirs of various servicemen – these are a fantastic resource for getting a picture of what life was like on the front line, and a lot have now been put online, on websites or through Google Books.

I’ve also been making use of military records found on Ancestry, FindMyPast and in the National Archives, as well as contemporary newspaper articles and later ‘In Memoriam’ notices found through the British Newspaper Archive.

A number of online museum collections also contain photographs, paintings and drawings of life at the front – the Imperial War Museum website is a good place to start.

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