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Here is the latest 'Book of the Month' from Pen and Sword.

Tracing Your Army Ancestors - 3rd Edition 'A Guide for Family Historians'
Author: Simon Fowler

Book of the Month: Tracing Your Army Ancestors - 3rd Edition 'A Guide for Family Historians'


  • Third edition of Simon Fowlers best-selling guide to researching the British Army
  • Revised, updated and expanded to include the latest online resources
  • Shows how to trace the careers of individual soldiers from 1760 to the 1960s
  • Explains how your ancestor fitted into the Army’s organization
  • Information on all the major archives and museums including The National Archives
  • The definitive book in the field

This well-known author has produced yet another excellent guide for researching ancestors who have served in the Army.

“A splendid publication with a great deal of valuable information.” Michael Brooker, Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Whether you are interested in the career of an individual officer, researching medals awarded to a soldier, or just want to know more about a particular battle or campaign, this book will point you in the right direction. Assuming the reader has no prior knowledge of the British Army, its history or organization, Simon Fowler explains what records survive, where they are to be found and how they can help you in your research. He shows how to make the best use of the increasing number of related resources to be found online, and he pays particular attention to explaining the records and the reasons behind their creation, as this information can be very important in understanding how these documents can help your research

Author Details

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher, writer and tutor specializing in military history and the two world wars. This interest dates from the time when he worked at The National Archives. As well as publishing many articles in magazines and journals, he has written several well-known books on military and family history, including:

Tracing Your Ancestors, Tracing Your Naval Ancestors, Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: YpresTracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Gallipoli Campaign and Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Somme. Find out more at

Pen and Sword became established as one of the UK's leading military history publishers. Over recent years the company has continued to grow and has added new imprints to its core area of military history. Pen & Sword now specialise in all areas of military history, naval and maritime history, aviation, local history, family history, transport, discovery and exploration, collectables and antiques, nostalgia and true crime.

PEN & SWORD DISCOUNT CODE - £5 off all orders when you spend £30 or more using discount code FORWRS5

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