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Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians [Paperback]

William Spencer
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29 Feb 2008
An up to the minute guide for all those interested in the British army or those with an Army past. It contains expert advice on the vast holdings of The National Archives and the British Library's India Office, from the 17th century up to recently released prisoner of war files from WWII and Korea.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The National Archives (29 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905615108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905615100
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Spencer is military specialist at The National Archives, and formerly served in the Royal Navy. He is the author of Medals: The Researcher's Guide and the bestselling Army Service Records of the First World War.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars army records 24 Mar 2010
This book from the National Archives Is an update, by the same author, of a book with a very similar title published by the National Records Office in 2000.
The book deals mainly with how to trace a person or unit in some cases going back to the 1700s and progressing to the present time.Some records are origional while others are on microfische or digitalised.
Apart from dealingwith officers and other ranks there are sections on medals,court- marshals,colonial and dominion forces,foreign troops,war crimes and research techniques.
A truly remarkable book.If the National Archives does not have the name it did not exist.
The author has written several other excellent military books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive guide let down by sloppy editing 18 April 2008
This is essentially the 3rd edition of 'Army Records for Family Historians'. The 2nd edition was published in 1999, when the National Archives was the Public Record Office. At that time the online catalogue was in its infancy and no documents had been digitised.

The new edition brings the previous edition up to date, but this has been done in a rather haphazard fashion. The book gives the impression that very little copy editing has taken place and there are many errors and inconsistencies of style. Some examples follow:

In the Acknowledgements on the title page verso, 'which has led me' appears as 'which has lead me'.

On page 9, after giving the address of the National Archives, the following sentence appears: 'The Office is open from 09:00-17:00 Mondays and Fridays, 09:00-19:00 on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-17:00 on Wednesday and 09:30-17:00 on Saturday.' Firstly, what is 'The Office'? It would seem that the initial sentence giving the address originally referred to The Public Record Office, and the second sentence has not been changed to 'The Archives are open ...' to reflect this. Secondly, why are the days Monday and Friday in plural form and the other days in singular form? This is sloppy editing.

On the same page, there is reference to Kew Gardens station, which is said to be on 'London Transport's District Line'. London Transport was replaced by Transport for London some time ago.

On page 47, reference is made to Kevin Asplin's Roll of The Imperial Yeomanry, Scottish Horse and Lovat Scouts who fought in the (second) Boer War, published in two volumes, but no mention of the freely-available website that contains the same information.
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