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Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

Meet The Research Team
Paul Bourton
Military Genealogist & Chief Researcher
I am a former soldier and police officer who spent several years in the British Army before joining the Metropolitan Police and then going on to serve with the Royal Cayman Islands Police in the British West Indies.

My lifelong passion for military history, my army service and my years of investigative experience as a policeman were combined to great effect at a military museum in Oxfordshire where I was a valued member of the research panel.  In that capacity I carried out numerous assignments on behalf of members of the public seeking to find out about their ancestors’ soldiering past before deciding to become a professional researcher and genealogist.

I have a particular specialisation in tracing soldiers of the Great War and the Napoleonic Wars and researching the histories of the regiments and the campaigns in which they served. Examples of my finished work have been published and even used as the inspiration and guide for school pupils visiting the battlefields concerned on organised tours.

Dr. Sheila King
Researcher
I first became interested in military history many years ago whilst researching four of my ancestors who served in The First World War.  This interest quickly became a passion and, through many, many hours of research in military museums, The National Archives and online, as well as from kind donations from other family members, I have now amassed a large portfolio on each of ‘my’ soldiers.

I also have a long-standing and very keen interest in the social and psychological effects of war on those who take part, which stems from my academic research into the pathogenesis of post-traumatic stress disorder.  The skills I have acquired in my academic and military research now serve me well in researching the lives of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have served their country in times of peace and war over the last 200 years.
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"The report makes fascinating reading and is very,very interesting. Certainly "food for thought." Thank you so much. I am pleased with what you found out."
Brian Woodward from Leicestershire
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