Researching WW1 Soldiers

Researching Ross-shire's Fallen

Wheather you are researching a family member or someone from your home town the first thing you need to find is the soldiers Name, Regiment and Regimental number. From this you can start to look for Military Records, Medal Cards, Regimental Diaries, Newspaper Items and burials or memorials.

The following is a list of websites to aid in researching the men from Easter-ross who fought and died in the Great War, 1914-1918.

Graves and Memorial's

Below is a link to a website which lists all of the men on Ross-shire's war memorials which are listed by parish. Please note, not all men are on the memorials. 

Ross-shire War Memorials 

Tain War Memorial

The best place to start looking for any soldier, that died in the Great War, is in the Common Wealth Graves Commission website.  The link below will take you straight to their search engine.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

Find a Grave, the link below, is a useful tool when looking for graves of soldiers who survived the great war.

Find A Grave Search

Ross and cromarty Roots is a very useful resource that attempts to show all the gravestones in Ross-shire. Very helpful for local research.

Ross & Cromarty Roots

British War Record's and Diaries

The National Archives of Great Britain holds lots of different files on WW1 and WW2 some are free to access some require subscription to other websites like the ones below.

National Archives

Findmypast is not a free to access website but has a wide range of useful documents and searchable information including Military Pension Records, Rolls of Honour, Census's, Medal citations and a Newspaper archive. Please note; Alot of the WW1 military records were destroyed during WW2.

Find My Past

Ancestry is another subsciption website where you can access the soldier records, medal cards, diaries and pension details. The website also contains census records for the UK, newspaper archives. 

Australian, South African and Canadian War Records

The Candian National Archives, records of Canadian soldiers during 1914-1918. excellent free to use resource containing enlistment papers of all Canadian soldiers.

Canadian Archives

 The AIF Project, a good place to start looking for Austrlian soldiers with a simple search engine.

 The AIF Project

The Australian Nation Archives, which has the records of all Australian soldiers who fought in WW1, great free to access with some detailed records of Military and medical files.

Australian National Archives

The South African War memorial project, easy to use search engine with details of soldiers and photo's of graves.

South African War memorial project

Free Books for WW1 Research

Ross-shire roll of honour, great detail of the men of Ross-shire up to 1916, extensive lists of men mainly the 4th Seaforth.

Ross-shire Roll of Honour

The history of the 51st (Highland) division, 1914-1918 by Frederick William Bewsher. History of the Highland division during 1914-1918 which many of the regiments on Easter-ross's war memorials served.

History of the Highland division

Newspaper Archives Online

Link to Ross and Cromarty website that holds extracts of the local paper, The Peoples Journal) during WW1. Has many articles of soldiers from Ross-shire.

Select from the drop down bars on th left, Panross, Heritage and Records.

Ross and Cromarty Heritage

Tain War Memorial Research

Word document containing research so far giving names, regimental number, regiments, photo Y/N and a few unidentified men. Download here.

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