Any fellow Regi-mentalists, Unit researchers compiling unofficial Nominal rolls

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by dbf, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    My work in progress is for Guards.

    How many of you have also been compiling your own unofficial Nominal rolls for units?

    Which material, beyond the usual stuff in public domain, have you found useful?

    War Diaries: Field Returns, Missing personnel files, etc
    Regtl History, other books

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  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    I have my ongoing SOE Personnel project - the databases are split into two - one for those with surviving Personal Files at TNA Kew - the second for those whose names appear in nominal rolls, operational files etc.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I have two Excel files: Chindit 1 and POW's of Rangoon Jail.

    These have been built up using all of the resource tools you mention Diane, plus personal anecdotes from veterans and of course family input via my website and email.

    The National Archives at Kew has been by far the most important resource for me and my research.
  4. Roddy1011

    Roddy1011 Senior Member

    Jedburgh 22

    I have been researching the SOE ops out of the Helford River and the probs with SIS operating out of Falmouth...have you had a look in this area ?

  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Personal anecdotes and contacts are indeed invaluable.

    I've found other sources useful, but bloody hard work
    The Times - casualty lists, obits, gallantry
    London Gazette - esp useful for MiD, when otherwise 'unconfirmed'
    Army Lists
    Association Journals.
    Medal rolls, TNA online ... eg pre and post war GSM/Palestine would incl personnel who might have served during WW2.

    Anyone else compiling Rolls?
  6. Five-Five

    Five-Five Senior Member

    I'm working on an unofficial Roll for 1st Dorsets covering all ranks on strength 1st June 1944, though this will expand later. Officers are nearly complete (though of course it'll never be 'finished'), while work on ORs is just beginning.

    As to material, all of the above. Though of course an official Nominal Roll would be rather handy...
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Ah the holy grail.

    (There are, amongst some of the Missing personnel files ... pay lists, even signed by Coy Cmders. Just saying. A lucky dip those files though.)

    Who else is willing to declare this manifestation of WW2 OCD?
  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I've done a similar thing chasing 3/2 Gurkhas into their post war service in Malaya, almost a form of 'just in case you were there'. WO361's were the unravelling source of so much for me in regard to the 13th Kings.

    My Excel's are probably the only data I possess which I would hesitate to hand out to others. OCD Monster that I am. :biggrin:

    As mentioned earlier this week on the forum, the BBC WW2 People's War database was also very useful to me.

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