Family History Monthly

December 2009

Record of Service of Solicitors and Articled Clerks 1914-1919

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This unusual book was published in 1920 by the Solicitors' War Memorial Fund, and lists the solicitors and articles clerks who served in the armed forces during the First World War.

The military details recorded include name, rank, regiment, admission date, awards and areas of service, as well as death and burial information for those who fell. Details of the man's profession also feature.

A typical entry is that of Robert Bernard Abrahams, a member of the firm of Roberts, Abrahams & Co of London's Basinghall Street. A second lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment, he served in France and was killed on 15th September 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. He is buried near Martinhuich and High Wood.

Anyone discovering an ancestor within these pages is likely to find that new research avenues emerge, whether in military or legal records.

Review by Paul Gaskell

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