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.
I bought this to help explain some of the forms found researching my grandfather's WW1 service with the First Salford Pals on the Somme. The records found are, like many from this time, badly damaged, but this book has helped in clarifying comments made on Harry's service records which has been invaluable. I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone researching their family history.
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.