Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Somme

A Guide for Family Historians

Simon Fowler

If you want to find out about an ancestor who served on the Somme during the First World War - during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 or at any time during the fighting in this sector of the Western Front - this book is the ideal guide. It provides practical information and advice on how to conduct your research. It will help you to discover when a
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
Illustration :
30 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473823693
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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If you want to find out about an ancestor who served on the Somme during the First World War – during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 or at any time during the fighting in this sector of the Western Front – this book is the ideal guide. It provides practical information and advice on how to conduct your research. It will help you to discover when and where your ancestors served and give you an insight into his experience of the war. It is also a fascinating introduction to researching the Great War as a whole.

Simon Fowler outlines the course of the fighting on the Somme, introducing the many historical resources that you can use to explore the history for yourself. He identifies the key sources for family historians, including at The National Archives and Imperial War Museum and the many online sites that researchers can turn to. There is also advice on the literature, archives, museums and monuments that may help you to gain an insight into your ancestor’s story.

About The Author
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Simon Fowler is a professional writer, researcher and historian, specializing in family and military history. He has made a particular study of the First World War, and has long been interested in how Britain, and Europe, readjusted to post-war conditions. Daniel Weinbrens PhD concentrated on the impact of the First World War on British society. His historical publications include The Open University. A History and The Oddfellows 1810-2010. He has taught courses on war and society at several universities and currently teaches this subject at The Open University.

REVIEWS
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"This guide for general readers and family historians explains how to find ancestors who served in the Battle of the Somme in WWI, as well as those who served in or near the Western Front in France. The book starts by explaining basics of online resources for researching, then gives an overview of the battle and fighting in France’s Wetern Front. The guidelines are interspersed with the history of the Battle of the Somme and the fighting in the rest of the region, along with excerpts from first-person accounts. The book provides tips on researching soldiers, casualties, women, battles and units, and war memorials. The final chapter on battlefield tourism gives contacts for museums and memorials in the area. The book is illustrated with b&w historical photos and many contemporary photos of places, museums, displays, and documents."

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