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DVD - Tracing Great War Ancestors DVD, Finding Uncle Bill
Presented by Richard Hone and Major Tim Saunders
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2010)

DVD...32.95 (C$)

Never before have so many resources been available to the family historian tracing Great War ancestors, both online and locally but the past dearth of easily accessible material has now been replaced by a blizzard of information that needs its own skills to navigate.

Expert genealogist Simon Fowler shows Richard Hone the ropes, with some surprising results. Armed with details of Richard’s great uncle William Pye’s service between 1914 and 1918, the film sets out with battlefield historian Tim Saunders to ‘Find Uncle Bill’ and trace his war on the Western Front to his death just weeks before the Armistice.

Their journey takes them from his first battle at Loos, via the Somme and Passchendaele, to his last battle and lost grave in the Ypres Salient. In ‘Uncle Bill’s Medals’, Phil Mussel explains which campaign medals that the five million British and Empire soldiers who fought in the Great War would have been entitled to as a result of their active service.

Former soldier, military vehicle expert and presenter for Battlefield History TV, Richard Hone has his origins firmly in Sunderland. Family member William Pye, Richard’s Great Uncle Bill, died in the Great War somewhere on the Western Front. With his passion for military history, he sets out to trace the war time service of his Great Uncle Bill on the battlefields of France and Flanders in what is a highly personal journey.

Author, military historian and battlefield guide Tim Saunders uses his knowledge as a battlefield historian to show Richard Hone how to use the various sources available to track down and locate the battlefields where his great Uncle fought on the Western Front.

Reviews:
  • This new DVD pulls together really good advice on how to approach your research with factual information about the conflict and original photographs and film footage. The DVD has three sections which can be selected from the main menu. The main feature is the story of how one man tried to discover the part played in the conflict by his Uncle Bill, from the moment he enlisted until his death at the end of the war. The programme provides lots of background information that gives any researcher an understanding of the conditions endured by an ordinary soldier. Another section gives practical advice on how to get information about your ancestor. This covers the availability of records on the Internet, but also gives useful pointers for less obvious original sources in local, regional and national archives. A final piece provides a really good introduction to the subject of medals and how they can help with your research. I really recommend this product. It inspired me to get the War Diaries that included my Granddad’s regiment.... and has taken my personal research to another level. - Karen Walker, The Doncaster Ancestor

  • This is a three-part DVD which begins with genealogist Simon Fowler leading Richard Hone through the search for his uncle William 'Bill' Pye. l... This is a really well presented and thought provoking DVD. By following the story of Uncle Bill we learn, in the most practical way, how to trace the history of our own military ancestors and a great deal about the war in Europe. This DVD will appeal not just to the family historian in you; it is also a great historical documentary. - East Yorkshire Family History Society
  • Giving an insight into the often daunting task of tracing an ancestor who fought during the Great War, military historians Tim Saunders and Richard Hone delve into the resources available. It follows Richard's search for the story of his great uncle, William Pye, who died just weeks before the Armistice. They uncover his movements, orders of battle and final resting place at Tyne Cott cemetary. - Best of British Mag
DVD Video - 80 minutes - wide-screen (Mac, PC, or TV DVD player)
ISBN: 9781848843394
Published by Pen and Sword Books, S. Yorkshire, UK (2010)





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