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Subject: Re: [NZ] WWI PENSION files
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 00:22:17 EDT

First World War soldiers' pension records online
08 August 2007
The pension records of almost one million soldiers who fought in the First
World War are now available to search and download from
The collection (catalogue reference WO 364) comprises the records of many
British Army soldiers discharged because of illness or injury sustained during
the War.
This is a major milestone in the partnership project between
and The National Archives. The remaining service records of soldiers who
killed, died or who survived the war (catalogue reference WO 363) will be available
online by the end of 2008.
Detailed information
Known as the 'Unburnt Documents', the pension records were recovered by the
War Office from the Ministry of Pensions and other government departments after
the Second World War.
On average each records contains ten pages of information, although the recor
ds vary in detail. You may be able to find out:
physical description of the soldier
regimental number, service history, location served and any promotions
date and place of birth
previous occupation
next of kin
medical information relating to the disability for which a pension was
You can search the name index free of charge, and view pages from the
original files with a subscription or using ´pay per view´.
'Burnt records'
Although five million soldiers from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales
fought in the First World War, around 60 per cent of the service records for these
soldiers were destroyed during a German bombing raid on the War Office in
London in September 1940. The originals for all surviving records - many of which
were badly damaged during the bombing raid - have been conserved by The
National Archives.
Visit the _First World War pension records on
Mary in Oregon...I have a subsciption and do look ups....
Related links
'_First World War - sources for history' online exhibition_
_First World War Medal Index Cards online_
_British Army soldiers´ records, First World War research guide_

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