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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensible book for WW1 researchers, 27 Sep 2011
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This review is from: First World War Army Service Records: A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)
This is an expanded and updated edition of William Spencer's already excellent book, which is indispensible for anyone researching their ancesters who fought in the British army (it doesn't cover navy) and wants to go beyond the medal-cards and fatality records that can be easily viwed via Ancestry.

William Spencer has a thorough knowledge of the National Archives, and systematically describes the War Office archives available at Kew, and crucially gives the War Office WO reference numbers of each.

If you are serious about tracing British or Commonwealth soldiers in WW1 then this book, used in conjunction with Chris Baker's website "The Long Long Trail", will give you the best chance of achieving maximum results.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Research, 26 Nov 2010
This review is from: First World War Army Service Records: A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)
The book is just what I wanted,but would have liked it hard back,It would look better on the book shelf and stay newish for longer as an hard back,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched, mirrors my work., 31 Oct 1999
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Fowler has done his work thoroughly.From my own point of view,Fowler could have included the social consequences of having, "upper" and "the rest" rankings, and thier non inter-reaction, during WW1, and the causes and results of this. Why have so many Officers survived, to longlevity, in proportional relationship to 'the rest'.I venture to suggest, Fowler could quite reasonably have included this important socialinformation. The same "Senior army officers" cadre, as the hopeless "duffers"of WW1,Number One Board,are still around.Culled from the playing fields of Eton,Winchester and Harrow.Only selected because of their so called upbringing-whatever that means,in this modern world.Fowler would do well to till this fertile ground,in future, to expose these pathetic myths, the average old boy ,wouldn't last a day on the streets of Glasgow.
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