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Further sets of Pension Records saved by The Western Front Association available on Ancestry

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The Western Front Association are pleased to share the excellent news that Ancestry will be making publicly further Pension Records in the lead up to the 11th November 2018.  Ancestry are working hard on the scanning and digitisation of the Pension Record Cards and Ledgers that The Western Front Association saved from destruction. As with the the …


Announcing the launch of FREE member access to the digitised Pension Records

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We are delighted to announce that WFA members can freely access the Pension Records via the WFA web site.  Had The Western Front Association not stepped in to save the six million or more records they would have been destroyed by the Ministry of Defence. Currently a little over a third of the entire archive has been digitised. More will be …


5 January 1916: L/17062 Gnr Kei Marsh, 148 Bde (County Palatine) RFA

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From his Pension Card we learn that Kei Marsh was married to Edith Ellen and that they had three children under 16. Born in about 1882 in Burnley, Kei was a miner. In 1911 he was boarding with his family at 30 Thorn St, Burnley. The 1911 Census return gives the children as John, Sarah and Edith. They would have been in turn 10, 9 and 5 years old …


20 January 1917 : 7078 Pte Arthur Munro Harrison, 1/5th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment.

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From Earby, Yorkshire, a Wesleyan, Munro Harrison was a weaver at Spring Mill, Earby and lived on Stoneybank Road prior to enlistment. With his Short Service Attestation and Medical Records extant we learn that Munro enlisted in the 6th Bn Duke of Wellington Regiment on 1 March 1916. He was 21 years and 10 months old and 5ft 6 ¼ inches tall. He’d …