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WW1 Army Service Record Example

Army service records are available on ancestry.co.uk (subscription payable) but may not have survived for your ancestor. See a list of service records that survive for men who came from Brentford.

I was lucky, the following service records survived for my grandfather Henry Adolphus Dunn:

  • Attestation record including Corps name, signed by Recruiting Officer
    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. British Subject?
    4. Age
    5. Trade
    6. Married?
    7. Served in forces before?
    8. Willing to be vaccinated?
    9. Willing to be enlisted for General Service?
    10. Did you receive a Notice, who gave it to you?
    11. Willing to serve for the duration of the War?
  • Descriptive report on enlistment
    • Name, Age, Height
    • Chest girth and expansion
    • Distinctive marks
    • Name and address of next of kin and relationship of next of kin
    • Name of wife and whether spinster or widow when married
    • Place and date of marriage
    • Current address
    • Details of children: names, dates and places of birth
    • Military history sheet: can include 'passed classes of instruction'; campaigns; wounded; special instances of gallant conduct; medals; injuries
  • Signed, dated receipt by widow of British War and Victory medals
  • Casualty form
    • Rank, name, religion and age on enlistment
    • Enlistment date
    • Details of any promotions
    • Date and place embarked / disembarked
    • Place / date of casualty
  • Memorandum instructing where to send personal property of the deceased
  • Statement of names and addresses of living relatives of the deceased, completed by a relative
    • Widow of the soldier
    • Children
    • Father
    • Mother
    • Brothers (full and half blood)
    • Sisters (full and half blood)
    • Names and addresses of the following living relatives if no living relatives recorded above: grandparents, nephews, nieces, uncles and aunts (by blood)

See other WW1 records available on this site.

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Published April 2009; updated November 2012