Military Ancestors database now updated

It has been a busy couple of month, but we are delighted to announce that the Military Ancestors database has now been updated to now include January to June 1944.

The Military Ancestors project, has been a labour of love for local historian Pam Preedy. Between 1914 and 1919 alone, there were in the region of 30,000 references to soldiers listed in the Bromley & District Times newspaper.

The database features a variety of articles, many of which include more personal data that can be useful for family historians, including addresses, other family members and the soldier’s regiments.

The men who are featured came, not only from the Bromley area, but from further afield within the UK. There are also reports of soldiers from as far away as Canada and Australia. We see this particularly in the reports of marriages.

As well as inquests and court cases involving soldiers, the database also includes:

There were wonderful letters: from the Western Front, India, S. Africa, Gallipoli, and Mesopotamia. These are not given in full, but the sources are given and they can be found.

The information given in obituaries varies, and often includes details of schooling, occupations, leisure interests together with war service and details of wounds and the circumstances in which they died.

Death of Sergeant Leslie Ralph Eden of Bromley, Kent

Awards and Honours
There are details of medals awarded, often with descriptions of how they were won.

Although the project was supposed to be a site about the soldiers, many Special Constables were found to be sneaking in, and once the VAD Commandants and nurses of the local VAD Hospitals started receiving their decorations and awards, they could not be left out.

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In collaboration between Military Ancestors, we post full articles on the Bromley Historical Times website on a number of soldier who are featured within the database, alongside the original articles. You can search for featured people here >

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