Do you have a soldier in the family? Most families do. From the mass recruitment drives of the two world wars, right back to the days when a career in the military was a favoured choice of the aspiring young gentleman, wars and military service have touched the lives of millions.
R.H. Montague, and active military historian himself, not only shows you how to trace your military ancestors, but provides a background introduction to the phases of military history in Australian and New Zealand, and explains what records are available and why they are so complex.
From complete listings of regiments and corps stationed in Australasia between 1788 and 1870, their arrival and departure dates and the reasons for their presence, to a listing of available records in the Public Record Office in London, the records of the East India Company, and an outline of the Maori wars in New Zealand, 'How to Trace Your Military Ancestors' introduces the family historian to a wealth of military records, and memorabilia from Waterloo to Vietnam.
Tracing your military ancestors can often be a confusing task, but, as this book shows, there are ways to avoid the pitfalls. The results should be both fascinating and rewarding.
1. General Introduction
2. The Imperial Period
3. The Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods in Australia
4. The Colonial and Dominion Periods in New Zealand
5. Memorabilia and Medals
Glossary of Military Terms and Abbreviations