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    digitisation of WWI unit war diaries

    to be released hopefully in time for the centenary of the great war:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/830.htm

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    Thanks for info - I will look out for these being released.
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    the archives say these are the most sought after records, and i have to say they could be quite interesting.

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    Looks quite interesting. I now need to try and work out the ones that I found yesterday.
    Lennon. Phillips. Thomas. Peacock. Tubridy. Burton.

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    They are fantastically interesting - I hope they have digitised all the extra documents you often find filed with them (maps, operation orders, casualty lists, battalion histories etc.)

    You do need to know what battalion (or unit) the person you are researching was in (and when) to use them - if you know that, and the diary is a good one, you can track their war virtually every day.
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    As Anthony says, they are really interesting. I believe they have digitised all documents within them.

    Of course, quite a few are available for download already at the National Archives site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonyM View Post
    They are fantastically interesting - I hope they have digitised all the extra documents you often find filed with them (maps, operation orders, casualty lists, battalion histories etc.)

    You do need to know what battalion the person you are researching was in (and when) to use them - if you know that, and the diary is a good one, you can track their war virtually every day.
    Good luck attempting to figure out mine then, he joined up in 1894 and never stayed in the same battalion or regiment, he kept moving about a lot. It's only because the pages have his name on them that I know he's my person.
    Lennon. Phillips. Thomas. Peacock. Tubridy. Burton.

    I am the girl from that town & I'm darn proud of it.

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    If you have his service record his battalion should be listed ..... if there is no service record, and you have a medal roll index card, you can still use the information on that to discover the battalion he was in (at least when the medals were handed out).
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    Does 27 images count as a record or card? :P
    Lennon. Phillips. Thomas. Peacock. Tubridy. Burton.

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    Medal index cards are exactly that - a two sided card.

    If you have 27 pages that will be a service , or pension, record.
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