IS IT THE RIGHT SOL­DIER?

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - EXPERT TIPS -

“When your sol­dier ancestor has the same name as oth­ers in First World War medal cards and his ser­vice record doesn’t sur­vive, you might still iden­tify him by elim­i­na­tion. Any record show­ing lit­tle more than reg­i­ment, rank and num­ber may con­tain enough to prove some­one is not your man. Death records, wills, ef­fects’ reg­is­ters, rolls of hon­our and news­pa­pers may in­clude ages, birth­places or next of kin that rule out some can­di­dates – and if he sur­vived you can elim­i­nate all his name­sakes who died. Some 1918 Ab­sent Vot­ers’ Lists are on­line, show­ing ser­vice­men’s de­tails and home ad­dresses where you might find your man, or at least more name­sakes to rule out. Tiny de­tails from sev­eral dif­fer­ent sources can add up.”

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