Tonight I added more names to this list, drawing on names recorded in the Reston United Free Church Roll of Honour. A few of these names are probably existing soldiers already in the list, but most aren’t, and are new. The Coldingham WW1 list now has 330 names, and will continue to be updated as new information is found.
I’ve previously announced a WW1 project associated with the Coldingham one-place study.
The working list of servicemen and women traced has now been put online. This includes names from the Rolls of Honour for Coldingham parish, which include men who survived as well as those who died. There are nearly 300 names in the list, although there are still some duplicate entries to be sorted out.
To see the list, and please remember that it will be updated, see here.
For my two one-place studies, Coldingham and Melrose, I’ve decided to start a project researching soldiers from World War I that I can trace. This is quite difficult to do, because the soldier records are in many cases incomplete, many lost due to World War II bombing. But it’s also hard for both parishes because of the high populations. It’s unlikely, for example, for me to be able to draw up a list of all men of the right age range, and look for all of them in the records, one by one. Rather I will use resources like Ancestry to try to find soldiers who were recorded as living in the right places.
Both parishes have war memorials, and the lives and deaths of the men recorded on them have previously been researched by others (see here for Coldingham). I do not plan to replicate this work about the soldiers who died during the conflict. Instead I’m looking for all soldiers that I can find, living or dead, in the surviving army records, particularly those I can search from home online.
I will be preparing a list of the men I find for Coldingham, and putting it in the one-place study website. This will be a slow ongoing process, and more information will be added as I find it. I will be using as my model for this list Alex Coles’s list of WW1 soldiers traced for Wing in Buckinghamshire, though I will probably aim, where possible, to put more information online in my basic list. And I would aim to keep copies of relevant records that I trace, including any detailed soldier service records, so they can be passed on to any descendants or other relatives of the soldiers who get in touch.
I would also welcome information from modern descendants who have known relatives from each place who served during WW1. Feel free to contact me about this on email at firstname.lastname@example.org