First world war records put on net
"With Harry Patch's death last July, any direct living connection to these records has finally been severed."
- William Spencer, National Archives
The Army service records of two million British First World War soldiers who served from 1914 to 1920 have been published online for the first time.
Full military careers, including medical data and service history, are contained in an average of 16 pages per soldier on the Ancestry.co.uk website.