The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:
TheGenealogist has released 71 new Air Force Lists with over 2 million names, as well as 385 extra War Memorials listing over 31,000 names.
Air Force Lists
The launch of this major resource gives access to 71 new Air Force Lists from 1919 to 1945 with over 2 million searchable names.
Air Force Lists are useful for family history researchers to see when an officer joined the RAF. They can also tell you what the airman’s rank was in different years and, by looking at the letters written after his name in the list, they can tell you what medals your ancestor had been awarded. These join a large run of similar Army and Navy Lists and other military records on TheGenealogist.
Use these records to:
- Find ancestors who became officers in the Royal Air Force
- Discover their ranks, service numbers and medals awarded
- See which branch they served in and their dates of posting
With 3,400 new photos in this release, these new records include a number of schools and colleges including the Sevenoaks School where WW1 former pupils who served are recorded as well as casualties and medals awarded to them. Other schools and colleges included in this release are: The University College School, Hampstead; Merthyr Tydfil County School; Lord Weymouth Grammar School in Warminster, Wiltshire; Leeds, St Anne’s RC School; and West Leeds High School.
War Memorials for workplaces and sporting organisations can help flesh out an ancestor’s life in revealing their occupation or recreational pursuits. Examples include the Gloucester Rugby Club; Gloucestershire County Hall staff for WW1 WW2; the Travellers Club in Pall Mall; Leeds Council employees WW1; Leeds, Kirkstall Brewery; Leeds Stock Exchange members and clerks; London; Army & Navy Stores WW1 – memorials for two of their department stores; and London, Union Discount Co.
Rolls of Service
Included in this week’s release are also a number of Rolls of Service for the Boer War, WW1 and WW2, as well as some for civilian casualties in the Second World War such as Salcombe in Devon and Portsmouth.
This release brings the total number of War Memorials on TheGenealogist to over 597,000.
Use these records to:
- Find ancestors who fought for their country in various conflicts
- Discover workplaces or organisations that some ancestors were associated with
This release expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection and when used with connected resources, such as the RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs), Aircraft Identification book from 1939, Military Death records, War Memorials and others on TheGenealogist, it can be possible to really build an ancestors story.
To see an example of this, read TheGenealogist’s article: Paddy Finucane the Spitfire Ace
These records and many more are available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk.