Militia record collection hits the web

By Matt Elton, 24 June 2011 - 8:21am

The details of more than half a million men who served in Britain’s militia can now be explored online for the first time

Friday 24 June 2011
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The records feature a wealth of personal details about more than half a million men © findmypast.co.uk

Details of more than half a million men who served in Britain’s militia can now be explored online for the first time.

The collection of Militia Attestation Papers, available at findmypast.co.uk and digitised in partnership with The National Archives (TNA), includes more than half a million entries spanning the years from 1806 to 1915.

The records feature a wide range of information including name, age, eye colour, height and weight, offering new insights into the lives and physical characteristics of thousands of men prepared to fight for Britain in what can be regarded as the forerunner of the UK’s present-day Territorial Army.

“These records provide rich insights into our past and show how the everyday man, such as your local shopkeeper, found himself fighting for his country,” says findmypast.co.uk’s marketing manager, Debra Chatfield. “In the absence of photographs, these records can help you imagine what your ancestors looked like, containing details that are largely unavailable elsewhere.”

 

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Explore the records at www.findmypast.co.uk

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