Tracing my great-grandfather in the Hertfordshire Regiment
I’m slightly ashamed to admit in this very public forum that I’ve barely done any family history research of my own since I started working at The National Archives over seven years ago. For the last year or so I’ve been involved in the preparations and planning around how The National Archives will mark the First World War centenary, which we hope to announce later this year. Seeing so many of my colleagues share fascinating stories about their First World War ancestors in this blog has been the prompt I needed to start digging.
I was fortunate enough to grow up knowing both of my maternal grandfather’s parents; they both died when I was in my teens. I remember asking my great-grandfather about his experiences in the First World War for a school project, and that he told me he’d been a stretcher bearer in Ypres. Sadly I haven’t got a clue what happened to the recording I made of our conversation, but next time I have the opportunity to rummage around in my parents’ loft I’m going to try to find it… Continue reading »