Sunday, November 25, 2012

[UK] Western Front Associaton Preserves 6.5 million WWI Soldiers Penison Archives

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Western Front Association (UK) announced that it secured 6.5 million soldiers pension records from WWI. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) [sic] was no longer able to retain and manage its archive of Great War soldiers' pension records cards and related archives. The records were due to be destroyed if a haven was not found.  During the "Great War" dependents of each serving British soldier, sailor, airman and nurse who was killed were entitled to a pension, as were those service personnel who were wounded or otherwise incapacitated due to the conflict--there is a card for each person.
 
The Western Front Association's intent is to create an online, searchable archive.  They  plan to scan the records digitally and to make them findable with a searchable database.  This will take funding and their fundraising activities are about to start...therefore, it will be a while before the online searchable database is available.
 
To read more and see several examples of what is contained on the archival pension records go to:  http://tinyurl.com/abgs8nd
 
Thank you to Lost Cousins newsletter to alerting us to this new resource of WW I UK records.
 
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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