Every Little Helps
I’m rather baffled by the sentence in Phil Tomaselli’s article that reads, “Virtually all of the records for temporary First World War officers (the vast majority) were also destroyed in the Arnside Street fire.” I’ve found the records for a number of officers in the WO339 series at The National Archives, and each folder has had useful papers including attestations, telegrams, letters, hospital reports, probate records, and lists of effects. Although not digitised, they are well worth viewing and holdings can be found using TNA’s online catalogue at discovery. nationalarchives.gov.uk. Janet Digby, by email
EDITOR REPLIES: We should have said that virtually “all of the
service records” were destroyed.
The surviving records now held at TNA were described in the article as “scraps of information” but, as you have found out, the “scraps” for some officers are fairly substantial.