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Asked by jill15l on 25th January 2015 Report this content
If I join Ancestry can I find out information about my grandfather who was in World War 1? How long he enlisted and also what address he was living at when he left the service?

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Report this content DEREKLJ Written on: 26/01/2015
You can find information on your grandfather where he lived ETC, and if you delve deep enough you can even go further back, so give it a go. As far as I know, you can try ancestry.com as a trial.
Report this content LesDx Written on: 27/01/2015
Hi Jill. Just to add my two ha'p'orth ... the more you know about your relative before you start, the more chance of getting the exact information you need. It's highly probable there will be more than one person with the name. Do you know his date of birth? Do you know if he married and his wife's maiden name? Do you know the names of their children? This sort of information might have been on his service record. If he died in action, the Commonwealth Graves Commision may have the location of his burial place. If he lived around London, the Electoral Registers are available which would show his residence at various times. But be careful! Once you start, there will be no stopping you! Good Luck....LesD.
Report this content gxmartinbaker Written on: 27/01/2015
I agree with LexDx answer - the more you know, the better your chances. If your Grandfather had an uncommon name or a middle name this may help. Having an idea of his year or date of birth might help. Any info you have about sort of Forces unit he was with will certainly help, eg was he army, navy, merchant navy or RFC/RAF ? If he was army then what regiment or corps was he in, and what rank ? Ancestry often offer 14 days free trials, and some Libraries offer free access to Ancestry. But Ancestry may not be your best answer. If you are lucky the Medal Rolls at The National Archive (TNA) may give you the answers - this is accessible online, and some info is free, or his war record (if available) or other records may incur a small cost. Find My Past is also another good option and their data is often more reliable than Ancestry. Good luck.
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