Online Records Reveal the Tragedies of the Trenches; Liverpool WWI Soldiers' Details Published Today

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Online Records Reveal the Tragedies of the Trenches; Liverpool WWI Soldiers' Details Published Today


Byline: MEGAN AGNEW

A LIVERPOOL soldier who fought in World War I learned of his daughter's tragic death while away at war, records published today reveal.

Soldier Charles Bell, from Dingle, enlisted in 1914 and rose to the rank of sergeant before being promoted to captain.

He received information in 1916 informing him of the death of his daughter back home in Liverpool. The two-year-old had died of an infection after undergoing surgery for a cleft palate.

Charles died of pneumonia in 1918, just a few weeks before the war ended, after suffering a bullet wound to the lung.

The British War and Victory medals which he was awarded were posted back home to his wife.

This story of one soldier's war is among the details of 56,000 soldiers from Liverpool who fought in World War I which are published online today by leading family history website Ancestry.co.uk The British Army World War One Service Records 1914-1920, which detail the military careers of over 2m soldiers who served in World War I, concern all aspects of their army careers including the soldier's name, date and place of birth, address, next-of-kin, former occupation, marital status, medical records, service history, regiment number, locations of service and discharge papers.

The records include details on actions, medical records and bravery awards, as well as letters from family and friends.

Each soldier's record is typically 16 pages long, but can contain as many as 60 pages.

Today's launch of the documents marks the end of a three-year process to digitise the records. Together with The National Archives which manages the collection, Ancestry.co.uk has worked to prepare the records so they are available to the public.

William Spencer, Military Records Specialist at The National Archives praised the online launch. …

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