Ancestry.com.au is proud to release rare WWII records. These records have been decoded from their original format so Ancestry can now offer you the chance to search for ancestors who may have died or were held as prisoners of war during WWII.
We all remember the classic film, ‘The Great Escape’, based on the true story of a mass escape of allied airforce WWII prisoners of war from a German Prisoner of War (PoW) camp. Now, as a digital first, Ancestry has made accessible for public research, over 100,000 British Army Personnel PoW records.
If your ancestors were held as prisoners of war in Germany up until 30th March 1945, you can now discover where and when they were captured and where they were held. Search these previously undigitised British Army PoW Records WWII.
It took over 40,000 hours for the British War Office to compile one accurate ‘Roll of Honour’ a record of those who died in action. Having to punch the information onto card and then feed into an early type of data processor, (a Hollerith Machine) the job was a labour of love and respect.
The roll covers 349,000 people who died between 1st September 1939 and 31st December 1946, detailing those killed in action, those who died of wounds or diseases and those whose deaths were from natural causes. You can also find out where these events took place and, if wounded, where they were sent. If you have an ancestor or know of someone who was wounded in WWII, start your search with the British Army Roll of Honour WWII.