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This review is from: Army Service Records of the First World War (Public Record Office Readers Guide) (Paperback)
Researching a soldier of the British Army of 1914-1918 is no easy task. The records that survive are incomplete and full of military jargon that is difficult for the uninitiated. Most of the records are held at the National Archives in Kew, London, and this book gives good guidance to what is available and how to make effective use of search time. For anyone trying to do this it is an essential work, although much of what is here is available in a set of free-of-charge leaflets available at the National Archives itself. Some areas are covered in great depth: for example, the way to find and interpret medal records. But others are given much more superficial treatment. An example is records of British POWs. Overall I rate this a good and worthwhile buy for anyone just beginning to research a soldier.