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  1. Military Records day course

    Most of us will have ancestors who served in the armed forces at some time, and military records can provide information not only into your ancestor’s life whilst in the military but can also give essential genealogical information to help extend your family tree.

    Our sister organisation, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, is holding a day course entitled “Military Records – Army, RAF and Royal Navy” on Monday 23rd April at our headquarters in Canterbury.  The course will cover the 18th to 21st centuries and will discuss both online and original sources. The day will be led by Les Mitchinson, IHGS Director of Education and Vice Chair of AGRA.

    Click here to find out more information, and to book a place on this course.

  2. There’s a little place called Sidestrand . . . .

    Whilst completing research on the history of the village of Sidestrand, on the North Norfolk coast, an interesting item emerged: a pocket book of poems and drawings, clearly written to a local girl, mainly from military personnel.  A military training camp was established in the village during the First World War, and many soldiers who were stationed there signed their names and left messages, drawings and poems for it’s owner, such as this charming composition:

    There’s a little place called Sidestrand
    Somewhere along the coast
    And to a girl I met there I wish to raise this toast
    May all her life be happy
    And her troubles be but few
    May she never forget her old friends
    When accompanied by her new

    The poem was signed J.Wood, of D Company, 27th King’s Liverpool Regiment, Sidestrand Camp.  When researching the identity of this J. Wood within surviving World War I service records and medal rolls, there were over 20 possible candidates.  If only he had recorded his service number in the notebook as well, or even his first name!

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