How to research a soldier

A soldier’s military service was recorded in fine detail. From his enlistment, through training and active service to death or discharge, many different official documents were produced and the man mentioned in many other ways. Some of the types of document have been affected by loss or destruction since 1918, but many still exist. With increasing digitisation it is becoming ever easier to track down the documentary evidence that remains. Here’s how.

Snip from a page of the service record of Arthur Nicholson Munro MC. National Archives WO339/46859. Crown copyright.

Snip from a page of the service record of Arthur Nicholson Munro MC. National Archives WO339/46859. Crown copyright.

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