Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

What We Do

Unknown Soldier is a military research service which explores 175 years of the British Army’s history between the years 1745 and 1920 and which specializes in soldier research.

If you have a relative, an ancestor or a person of interest that served with the British Army between those years and would like to know more about them and the regiments and campaigns in which they served, Unknown Soldier offers a comprehensive range of services to uncover their soldiering past.

Perhaps they fought in or above the trenches of World War 1 or saw action in the numerous conflicts around the globe in defence of Britain’s empire. Perhaps they went to war with Wellington against the French or carried a musket into battle against the colonists of the American Revolution. Maybe they served on distant shores against belligerent nations or faced the rebellious Jacobites on home soil in the uprising of 1745. If they are on record as having done any of these things and more, they have a story waiting to be told.

That is where the knowledgeable and dedicated team at Unknown Soldier can help. By knowing where to look and what to look for, and utilizing investigative skills and attention to detail honed from years of professional experience, these records can be traced and the information they contain assimilated. Clues can be uncovered and identified, and by painstakingly piecing them together and making sense of them, the soldier and his story can come to life.

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Lance Corporal Ernest Saunders served with the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and later the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskillin Fusiliers. He died from wounds on 15th October, 1918. He is buried at the Dadizele Communal Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.
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