UK—WWI Service Records, 1914–1920 [Part 1]


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About This Project

  • World War I Service Records, 1914-1920, contains the records of nearly 5 million soldiers who served during World War I. These records were held in the War Office in London, which was bombed during a World War II bombing raid.  Nearly 60% of these records were destroyed.  Many of the records that remain were damaged by fire as a result of the bombing, so the records are referred to as the “Burnt Documents.”  The surviving documents contain valuable information about theses soldiers, including the name, age, birthplace, occupation, marital status, physical description, and details of military service.

How to Help with This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer to help with this project. To register and to download the indexing program, click here for the home page. Click Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
  • After you register, click the Begin Indexing link on the indexing home page, and sign in to the indexing program using your user name and password. Then, click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and are comfortable using various system features.

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Description and Characteristics

  • This project is to index multiple different soldier's forms from the UK WWI Service Records.
  • Each batch contains five images.
  • Each image includes one record.
  • The forms are handwritten or typed, often on preprinted forms.
  • No highlights are available.

Records Access

  • The general public can freely access the completed index and links to digital images online once the collection is published.

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