Remembers the Fallen With New Military Records

The following news release is from releases three new military datasets for the first time containing lists of more than 35,000 British and Dominion Officers who were killed or captured during the Great War. We are proud to have added the following to our website:

British Officers Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

The Bond of Sacrifice – A Biographical Record of British Officers Who Fell in the Great War

On Armistice Day the collection commemorates British military personnel who were taken prisoner, detailing their name, rank, regiment, camp location, date of capture and release date. Even those who escaped are included.

The Bond of Sacrifice collection presents 4,000 biographies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, arranged alphabetically to provide an invaluable record of the contribution and achievements of those who served.

The collection lists a surprising number of Brigadier Generals including Hurdis Secundus Lalande Ravenshaw CMG who as a senior British Army officer during the First World War served at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and saw action on the North-West Frontier of India, in South Africa during the Second Boer War and in France and Greece during the First World War. In 1916 he was captured by an Austrian submarine with all his staff and held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

Another lists one of the war’s most popular heroes Captain William Leefe Robinson VC of the Royal Flying Corp. who shot down the first German Zeppelin airship over London and transformed the battle in the air over Britain. Captain Robinson was later shot down by German fighter aircraft led by the “Red Baron” Lieutenant Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen and captured.

Reports that Robinson had been killed stunned the nation however a letter to his fiancée confirmed he was a prisoner. Although safe, his captors made his life unpleasant and he was poorly treated as he and his fellow prisoners had made several attempts to escape and was sentenced to a month of solitary confinement. He and others were sent to the underground fortress of Zorndorf much as hardened escapees were confined in Colditz Castle in World War II.

The records also tell us of those who lost their lives at sea when even hospital ships fell victim to enemy action. The nation lamented the loss of its largest ship the Britannic which was sunk in the Mediterranean. Mercifully of the 1,066 crew and wounded service personnel only 30 souls were lost. A huge contrast to its ill fated sister ship the Titanic when 1,523 were drowned out of the 2,228 on board.

The records were digitised and provided online for easier searching and are a useful resource when researching family military history. The collection now forms part of’s online military archives which number over 20 million records.

The collection is only a part of more than 850 million historic records available online to all members and visitors by way of an annual subscription for just £25 or €30 / US$40 at

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FamilyRelatives Re-launches With Beta Site

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This week sees the exciting re-launch of our upgraded and much improved website – which is in Beta testing.

It is packed with many new features and information to help you discover even more about your family history. Our new ‘at a glance’ layout will enable you to find records easily, going back to the year 1538.

With over 850 million records from more than a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, USA, and the Rest of the World (ROW), we are confident that you will find it useful for filling in those frustrating gaps.

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Buy a subscription now and view a range of records including Parish Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Military, Trade Directories and so much more being added regularly.

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How are Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the Regent Bridge connected? adds Scottish Trade Directories dating back 185 years.

Having released over 40 volumes of Scottish Trade Directories in 2009, we are pleased to release an additional 60 volumes of Directories dating back from 1825 to the early part of the 19th Century during the growing influence of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire.

One of the directories available is Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and the hub of Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. It transformed Scotland into one of the commercial, intellectual and industrial powerhouses of Europe which continued well into the 19th Century.

In these early directories key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment included Sir Walter Scott, Sir James Hall and other notables such as Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) a Scottish civil engineer and famed designer and builder of lighthouses.

Engineers and their skills were very much in demand following the battle of Waterloo and the end of the continental wars as it was a time of great improvement in the fabric of the Country. One of Stevenson’s finest achievements was the construction of the Bell Rock Lighthouse as well as the Hutcheson Bridge in Glasgow and the Regent Bridge in Edinburgh. His grandson was Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) the renowned novelist and poet whose best known works include Kidnapped, Treasure Island and The Strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, among many.

There is a growing demand and popularity for Scottish records especially those that predate the Official Births Marriages and Deaths records. This addition to the existing collection is significant as it is some 30 years prior to the official records of Births, Marriages and Deaths which commenced in 1855.

Some Counties of the North of England are also included in this collection.

About the collection
“Pigot & Co.’s New Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1825 – 1826
Containing comprehensive and accurate Directories of Edinburgh, Glasgow and every other Town, Sea-Port, & Village in the Kingdom; To which is Pre-fixed, Separate Historical and Descriptive Sketches, each of which has been written, revised, and authenticated on the spot, exclusively for this work.”

“The names of Merchants, Manufacturers, and Traders in Edinburgh, Glasgow and all the other Towns, are scientifically classed and arranged under each distinct head of trade or designation, and a full Alphabetical list is annexed where the names in Towns are so numerous as to require a reference – the Lists of the Coaches, Carriers and Water Conveyances are copious and complete – and the names of the Nobility, Gentry, and Clergy, in the Cities, Towns, and Villages in Scotland are exclusively arranged in Alphabetical order, to refer more speedily to any name when the place of residence is not known.”

The description for Scotland notes among many interesting historical facts, “The population according to the census of 1821 was 2,093,456, so that there are nearly 71 inhabitants to each square mile”, in under 200 years the population has more than doubled. It is estimated that the density of population in Scotland today is 5,222,100 with nearly 171 inhabitants per square mile.

Pigot goes on to describe Scotland in almost poetic tones as the idyllic country we know today “…verdant plains, watered by copious streams and covered with innumerable cattle; in others pleasing vicissitudes of gently rising hills and bending vales, fertile in corn, waving with wood, and interspersed with flowery meadows. Throughout the whole extent of the coast there are fine fisheries, which employ a vast number of hands, and furnish a hardy and skilful race of seamen for the British navy – The country abounds with rivers and lakes, which are in general very pure and transparent, and abound with fish.”

As well as describing the landscape and general topography Pigot mentions the main industries, the minerals and the raw materials found together with the skills and trades of the area or town.

Another interesting mention is “Most of the gems and precious stones, with the exception of the diamond, have also been found in Scotland”.

Scottish Records – new release
“We are pleased to announce the release of the second major set of Scottish records to be placed online. This is part of our programme to add Scottish records to the website”, commented a spokesman for the family history website.

The collection is searchable by surname and forename or the business name for each of the counties and cities. The Trade directories provide an invaluable resource for family history researchers wanting to know more about the area where their ancestors lived and the various trades and businesses in which they worked.

The collection is only a small part of over 800 million historic records available online to all members and visitors by way of an annual subscription of only £30.00 or US$50.00 at

About is one of the leading and fastest growing content websites for researching family history. With over 800 million records available online from countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand it is helping families research their genealogy.

With many free and easy to use tools which allow the building of online Family Trees and connect with other members, the focus is to provide specialist and historical records to a worldwide audience. has no affiliate relationships with