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Records of the Royal Artillery – WO 69 Peter Helmore and David Langrish 22 nd November 2013.

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1 Records of the Royal Artillery – WO 69 Peter Helmore and David Langrish 22 nd November 2013

2 Background information Originally over 900 pieces 544 pieces destroyed during World War Two WO 69 has 359 orderable pieces surviving The series contains the following material: Soldiers Records of Service Recruit Enlistments Records of Deceased Soldiers Records of Marriages & Baptisms Records of Next of Kin Employment Details

3 3 The project Volunteers from the Friends of The National Archives (FTNA) working to index and make the series name searchable The Friends Volunteer Team attend weekly in a group of up to 20, drawing out the relevant information for enhanced Discovery descriptions

4 4 Registry of Marriages

5 5 Registry of Baptisms

6 6 WO 69/79 – Description of Recruits Enlisted

7 7 The value of this project work… WO 69/79 – Royal Artillery recruits enlisted, Contains over 300 pages By page 88, 4,300 names have been indexed Volunteer team estimate this one document will contain up to and beyond 10,000 names

8 8 WO 69/644 – Registry of Deceased Soldiers

9 9 WO 69/637 – Service Record Summary

10 10 WO 69/80C – Details on Enlistment

11 11 Editing and enhancing the online descriptions

12 12 Then and now…

13 13 Then and now…

14 14 Other interesting finds WO 69/599 – Attestation of Gun Lascars (Ceylon)

15 15 Summary of WO 69 project Over 160,000 servicemen and their families to be name searchable via Discovery Research into Royal Artillery servicemen is more efficient and in line with other areas of the armed forces The value of volunteering and volunteer projects is enhanced Continues to strengthen the relationship between TNA and the Friends of TNA

16 16 Any questions?


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