World War I Packages

Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

World War I
Our Packages*
Basic Report Free
The Basic Report is a bullet point summary of a soldier's service between 1914 and 1920 and is included in the initial search fee.  It covers the following points of information where available:
  • Date of enlistment
  • Place of enlistment
  • Regiment or corps
  • Service number
  • Secondary regiment or corps if applicable
  • Secondary service number if applicable
  • Embarkation date
  • Theatre of war
  • Date of death if died in service
  • Circumstances of death in died in service
  • Place of burial or commemoration if died in service
  • Date of discharge if survived the war
  • Reasons for discharge
  • Silver War Badge award details if discharged due to wounds or sickness
  • Gallantry & campaign medals awarded.

                            Bronze Standard Report £75**
                            The Bronze Standard Report is a comprehensive overview of the soldier's full military service presented in a folder with a themed cover page and all subsequent sheets watermarked with the regimental badge. It provides the following information where available:
                            • The soldier's date and place of birth
                            • The date and place of his enlistment into the army
                            • The regiments and battalions he served with during his service
                            • The theatres of war he served in
                            • A list of any major battles and actions he fought in
                            • Details of all gallantry and campaign medals he earned
                            • Details of his death if during service
                            • Date and place of his discharge from the army if appropriate.

                            Gold Standard Report £200**
                            The Gold Standard Report is presented as a full record of a soldier's military service. It is packaged in a folder with a themed cover page and all subsequent sheets watermarked with the regimental badge. It contains everything mentioned in the Silver Standard Report but the report itself is in narrative form and includes excerpts from unit war diaries where available. It also includes the following additional material:
                            • A full account of the campaigns in which the soldier served
                            • A full account of the major battles and actions in which the soldier fought
                            • A history of the regiment or regiments in which the soldier served.
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                            Standard Report £25
                            In addition to the points covered in the Basic Report, the Standard Report covers the following additional points of information where available:
                            • Home address on enlistment
                            • Occupation on enlistment
                            • Place of birth
                            • Marital status
                            • Physical description
                            • Next of kin details
                            • Battalion/Squadron/Battery/Company 
                            • Secondary Battalion/Squadron/Battery/Company etc.
                            • Length of home service
                            • Length of overseas service
                            • Place of death if died in service
                            • Record of personal effects
                            •  Place of discharge
                            • Pension record detail.

                            Silver Standard Report £125**
                            The Silver Standard Report is presented in the same way as the Bronze Standard with the following additional material where available:
                            • All census information found on the soldier prior to his enlistment if applicable
                            • An overview of each of the major battles and actions he fought in
                            • All census information found on the soldier after his discharge from the army if applicable
                            • Date and place of death if not in service
                            • Copies of all service record and census documentation found included as appendices to the finished report.
                            Platinum Standard Report £250**
                            The Platinum Standard Report is presented in the same way as a Gold Standard Report but is packaged in a bespoke presentation binder. It contains the following additional material:
                            • All trench maps and other maps found that are relevant to the major events in the soldier's war time service
                            • Modern aerial images of the areas covered by those maps.
                            What To Do Next
                            * All packages and their eventual content are dependant on the amount of information available and the records found. There are no guarantees as to a positive search result in every case. In the absence of a service record or other documentation no refund of the initial search fee can be given as it only covered the time spent on the search itself and not its result. Once the initial search has been completed the researcher will contact the enquirer to notify them of the findings of that search and advise them whether there is sufficient information to proceed with a particular package. The enquirer then chooses which package they want based on the amount of information available, their personal requirements and their budget.

                            ** The Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum packages are only recommended for those soldiers who have surviving service records. Please note that around 60% of all First World War service records were destroyed by fire after a German bombing raid over London during the Second World War. Of those that remain, many are badly damaged. These packages are possible to research and put together without service records but are much more difficult and require much more time to assemble. They would therefore enter the realms of bespoke enquiries and fees would have to negotiated and agreed in these cases if the enquirer still wished to proceed with a fuller and more comprehensive report.

                            All outstanding payments must be made prior to the report being completed.

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