Ev­ery Lit­tle Helps

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

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.

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