FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH: INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR COST!
To find the complete military record/ and or any other pertinent research for your family member's resting place or battlefield location area etc - whom you want to visit whilst on tour - there are a number of useful clues that will help our FAMILY HISTORY research team build up a picture of your family member for you. Once we know the details we can then place the man or woman in the wider context of where and when they fought and if they were killed in action where their name is recorded or where they are buried. We need from you:
The full name, rank and date of birth.
The Corps or Regiment in which they served - the greater the detail the easier it is to place where they served. So in the two World Wars a Corps like the Royal Artillery or Royal Engineers was massive – if the regiment or squadron within a Corps can be identified the search becomes a great deal simpler. In Infantry regiments battalions served in different theatres so the battalion number is useful.
For naval personnel the ship in which they served and so their career is a much easier subject to research and they same applies to air and ground crew in squadrons in the RFC and RAF.
The conflict and theatre in which they served – France 1914-1918 is a pretty big area to research - however it rules out other First World War theatres like Palestine, East Africa or Gallipoli
With this sort of information our team can go back to primary sources like log books and war diaries as well as Regimental, Corps and other museums. If the serviceman or woman was killed in action the Commonwealth War Graves register will give the site of the cemetery or memorial where the name is recorded. While ships' crews are normally recorded on memorials if the ship was lost at sea – for soldiers and airmen by tracing the unit or aircraft it can be possible to locate almost exactly the site where the serviceman or woman lost their lives.
To find this spot is both intensely moving for friends and relatives but can also be truly cathartic giving a family closure on a distant but still powerful part of their history.
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Our unique Family History Research section - as well as our senior Guide/Historians - applies 'cutting edge' Family History research tools to a myriad of data sources and historical research databases to provide ALL our tour participants with an extensive research portfolio for their ancestors services history.
For soldiers, historians and students to take a battlefield tour is to enter a unique lecture hall or class room - one that comes with mud and rain - or dust and sunshine - and where the hills and gully's take your breath away as you slog and scramble across them. To stand in the exact spot where soldiers - both men and women - fought/saw action and died - and often your family/relative - is not only a unique experience - it is a great privilege - and to take your trip/tour is to honour these men and women.
Men and women having been visiting battlefields since the days of antiquity – at the Alma on September 20, 1854 the aristocrats of Sevastopol drove out to the heights to watch the battle – confident that the Russian troops would defeat the Anglo French forces. It is said however that the terrifying cheer from the kilted Highlanders as they reached the crest could be heard above the noise of battle. Little surprise then that the battlefield tour ended rather rapidly for the Russian nobility as the jumped into their coaches and raced back to the safety of Sevastopol.
'Journeys of Remembrance'
To visit a former battlefield and the cemeteries and memorials that cluster around these battlefields is a highly emotional pilgrimage - and Journey of Remembrance - as well as startling educational experience. Often it is both.
Today the immediate and extended family of men and women who fought and died in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Far East are still alive - and are the children, grandchildren and great/great grandchildren of these brave men and women. For them, and their descendants and family the opportunity to see a relatives final resting place - be it a husband's, father's, grand dad or great/great grand dad's grave and the countryside where as a young man he fought and died - is to make a unique connection with the past and a way to understand who they and their family are today. It is a Journey of Remembrance that brings both great pride and impermeable sadness for one of so many young lives cut short.
Today Battlefield and Remembrance Tours with Spirit of Remembrance - with your Family History research results - prepared by us - is a great deal less hazardous! And, along with your family member research - through our experienced and knowledgeable battlefield Historian/Guides the camaraderie, the fear, courage and the intensity of battle can be recaptured as you stand on the very ground where these events took place, with our guides recounting the events and battles from so long ago.
Travel with Spirit of Remembrance and open the Gates of your Family Military History..