I offer a comprehensive and professional service researching soldiers who served in the First World War. I can tailor my research to your exact requirements, whether you are looking for a complete narrative history or simply need a file photographed at the National Archives.
Many of my clients contact me after they have started their research into a family member but have run into difficulties, especially regarding the amount of military jargon they’ve encountered. Others want to know more about a soldier after coming across a photograph or medal. Either way, I can help. As well as using resources which have been digitized on Ancestry and FindmyPast, I use the following three archives in London:
- National Archives
- British Library
- Imperial War Museum
These, and other resources at my disposal, not only allow me to find all the relevant documentation but also add crucial context to a soldier’s service. While most of my clients ask for a narrative history, I also offer services targeting specific pieces of information, which are very popular with those who collect medals:
- Photographing officers’ service records. I offer substantial discounts for multiple files.
- Research into a gallantry award, e.g. the Military Cross or Military Medal.
- Photographing war diaries for both world wars which haven’t been digitized by the National Archives.
- Newspaper searches at the British Library.
The links below will take you to a page where I answer the most common questions relating to my First World War soldier research service and a page full of testimonials from my clients. You can contact me at the email address below:
Due to a backlog caused by the pandemic, I won’t be taking on new research until January 2022
How I will complete a Narrative History
The first stage is to gather as much information as possible, including any documentation and photographs which have been passed down through the family. This will involve looking at the following sources:
Medal index cards, medal rolls, any gallantry awards in the London Gazette, surviving service/pension papers, army lists, census records, war diaries, silver war badge records, newspaper reports, and the National Roll of the Great War.
This is just a partial list of the sources I will consult.
The second stage is to add depth to the experiences of the soldier during the war. As a frequent visitor to the British Library, I have access to rare regimental histories and memoirs long out of print. If a soldier was killed, wounded, or taken prisoner I will also look for reports in local newspapers which can provide a wealth of information.
For the final stage, I will use the information I have discovered to provide you with a detailed account of the soldier’s service written up in a narrative form. This will allow an understanding of both their service and experience during the First World War.
Once I have completed the research, I will email you an invoice. Once payment has been received, I will email you the research as well as any copies of documents I may have found.