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Ancestry.com. England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: The National Roll of the Great War, 11 volumes [CD]. Birmingham Roll of Honour 1914-18 [CD]. Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England: Archive CD Books, 2001-2003. www.archivecdbooks.com.

About England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918

This database contains 11 volumes of The National Roll of the Great War as well as the Birmingham Roll of Honour.

The National Roll of the Great War is a 14 volume series of short biographical sketches of British soldiers who served, including some who died, in World War I. The volumes are arranged geographically according to where the soldier was from.

The volumes contained in this database cover the following areas:

  • Birmingham

  • Leeds

  • London

  • Luton and District

  • Manchester

  • Portsmouth

  • Salford

  • Southampton

The three volumes that are not included in this database cover the areas of Bradford, Bedford, Northampton, and more of London.

Entries in The National Roll of the Great War were compiled by subscription. Information for the entries was generally submitted by family members or the soldiers themselves. Information provided was not verified and therefore, may or may not be accurate.

The collection does not cover the whole of the country, and even for the areas it does cover, is not comprehensive.

Despite the collection’s shortcomings, it does contain valuable information that may be the only place it is recorded. It is also a good starting place for researching Great War soldiers.

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