IS IT THE RIGHT SOLDIER?
“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.”