Thursday, 22 May 2014

36th (Ulster) Division First World War diaries online

The National Archives at Kew ( have released a third tranche of First World War army war diaries. This one will be of particular significant to those with ancestors from Northern Ireland who fought in the conflict. From the news announcement:

The unit war diaries provide interesting accounts of battles and events, as well as insights into the daily routines of British troops on the Western Front. This third tranche (WO 95/2432 - WO 95/3154) contains the diaries from the Kitchener Divisions and those of the Territorial Force (later The Territorial Army).

Amongst this batch are the unit war diaries for the 36th (Ulster) Division, which had many casualties on 1 July 1916, and the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division, which was the last division to leave the UK for France in March 1917.

Further details at


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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