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The Scanning of Pension Records is underway

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Members of The Western Front Association will no doubt be pleased to learn that scanning of the Pension Records has commenced. The scanning, which will of course lead to the digitisation of the records, has come about after detailed negotiations with Ancestry who have undertaken to scan and digitally make available the approximately 8 million reco…


Arthur Boyle Private and Pensioner

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  Painting by Diane Lavery 1998 from a photograph of Arthur Boyle taken in 1917     Arthur Boyle, born in 1894, from Castlemaine in Co. Kerry, volunteered to serve in the South Irish Horse on 25 January 1917. He was one of over 200,000 Irish men who volunteered to serve in the British army in the First World War. The great majority came from wha…


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

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The Western Front Association are pleased to share the exciting news that Ancestry will be making available online further Pension Records in the lead up to the 11 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. Some of t…


A Further Release of First World War Pension Records by Ancestry

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Western Front Association members will already know that the Naval Records were released a few weeks ago, but today (10 November 2018), Ancestry have made 1.5 million records available on their Fold 3 platform (please see FAQs below regarding WFA members' access to these). Until The Western Front Association stepped in to save these ledgers and ot…


Understanding the Ledger Indexing

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This article aims to set out some of the technical aspects of the indexing of - and subcategories that make up - the 'ledgers' in The Western Front Association's collection of Pension Record Cards. These ledgers have been scanned and digitised by our partner, Ancestry.co.uk and are available on their fold3 website. These are now available for WFA…


PENSION RECORDS LATEST: Further Release of 1.5 million Pension records

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Explore the wealth of information to be found in the further release of another 1.5 million digitised Pension Records This release amounts to approximately 35 percent of the total archive. It relates to the 'Ledgers' that recorded details of disability for those men who survived and next of kin details for those who were killed. Further detai…


Dear David ... Pension Record Cards Feedback

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Here's some feedback about the Pension Records lookups we have conducted for a wide range of individuals: Andrew Gilpin I had sent a quick 'thank you' earlier, but I feel I must write again.  When I learnt that the Records had become available I went straight to the WFA website and did what I too often do, which is 'click' on everything in sight.…


Pension Records: Famous, Infamous, Extraordinary and Ordinary

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The Western Front Association's Pension Record Card and Ledger archive which is being published online by Ancestry is an superb set of never-seen before material which massively helps those looking for 'Great Uncle Bill' to not track down their relative but also put a little bit of extra information on the serviceman's story. It has been said befo…


The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed in the First World War. This is his story... Larrett Roebuck was born at Jump, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, on 27 January 1889. By 1901 the Roebuck family had moved to Rotherham and were living in Barker's Yard, off the m…


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 …


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 …