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Available to search now, these rare records are archive gems for those researching their family history. Search this collection to uncover stories of the battle to keep servicemen and women fighting fit in the First World War. READ MORE HERE:
OUT NOW - the Summer issue of our regular Forces War Records magazine - 'Journal' (we hope you like the refreshed look), and we've created a NEW magazine for you - 'Heredity', it's especially for all you genealogy buffs and includes a useful 'Family Relationship Chart'.
The Unknown Warrior is a powerful symbol that embodies a host of contradictions. He is an ordinary soldier, but one who has been given a place of extraordinary honour; he has no name, yet every family whose relative never returned from the Great War feels that he belongs to them; he represents the losses and horror of war, but also the glory of dying for King and Country; and finally, he is doomed to remain ‘unknown’ for all of time, yet is famous around the world.
The first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War. Every November 11th there is a two-minute silence at 11am for people to remember all those killed in the First World War and other conflicts since. Here are some facts about the occasion and why we wear a poppy:
Sergeant Albert Gill VC (8th September 1879 – 27th July 1916) from Birmingham, Warwickshire was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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