Forces War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.
The site was created approximately five years ago upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over five million name records and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.
We employ over 50 people in our UK offices, including the data entry analysts who add new records to the site. We could have followed some of the more well known sites and out-sourced this to China, but we wanted to ensure our data was as accurate as possible, and we also felt we had an obligation to employ UK staff and pay our fair share of UK taxes!
Forces War Records Collections List is vast and we have a lot of exclusive collections other sites don't hold. Of course no site will ever have every record of every person ever served, but we aim to get all records possible within three years, with the more obvious records such as those killed or injured in action, those mentioned in despatches and those awarded medals, almost all already added to the site. If there's a record you're after that you simply can't get anywhere else but we don't yet hold it - watch this space!
On the records pages you will see all our records are transcribed digital data, i.e. we don't currently hold original images such as pension records etc. but of course, what it does mean is that we can add data no other site will that only adds physical image data. Our collections list is testament to that.
Forces War Records ethos has always been not to just supply records of data, but also to add a huge amount of supplementary data to each record. When you view a record, you will see not only the record information, but also information on the regiment, unit, base or ship your ancestor served in/on, the battles they may have fought in, information on medals they may have been awarded, photos of their time etc. etc. all painting a picture of what life was really like for you ancestor that a name record simply can't achieve.
Finally, we also have a Historic Documents Library that already holds over one thousand publications some more than a hundred years old that is automatically cross referenced each time you search for an ancestor or other piece of information on our site, and if anything matches we will show you an article from a publication that also gives you information on your ancestors life.
Subscription to Forces War records costs just £8.95 for four weeks access. This gives you full unlimited access to everything we hold. We feel this is far fairer than most sites credit system where you quickly run out of credits, and then those credits still have a time limit as well.
We do hope you find the site a useful resource and mention the site to others. If you do need any further help our online support staff are waiting to help you, and you can also ask questions in our open forums where other members and our own FWR Researchers will also try and help you with your quest.
Types of records we hold:
- World War One
- World War Two
- Crimean War Databases
- Boer War Databases
- African Wars Databases
- Indian Mutiny Databases
- Napoleonic Wars Databases (including Waterloo and Trafalgar)
- Medal Rolls
- Individual Battle Data
- Other Wars Casualties Lists
- Prisoner of War Records
- Royal Marines Databases
- Fighter & Bomber Command Losses
- Fleet Air Arm Data
- RFC/RAF List
- RN Losses
- Shot at Dawn Database
- and lots more! ...
With thanks to David J Barnes, The National Archives, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, West Glamorgan Archives, Kevin Asplin, Jack Marshall, Justmedals, the Japanese POW Research Network, Mansell.com, TaiwanPow.org and many, many others for their help.
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