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Sources Used to Research the First World War

The definitive book on the Tyneside Scottish:

Tyneside Scottish: 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Service) Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers by Graham Stewart and John Steen.

Pen & Sword Books, 1999


Personnel Records:

These records are being transferred to the National Archives at Kew.


Documents at National Archives, Kew:

  • WO73/101-103 General Monthly Returns of the Army, 1915-1916

  • WO95/2432 War Diary, 34th Division General Staff Jan-Aug 1916

  • WO95/2459 War Diary, 102nd Brigade Headquarters Jan 1916 - Mar 1917

    • WO95/2462-2463 War Diaries, 20th-23rd Battaliosn, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish)

  • WO 106/310 German Casualties in the Somme Fighting

  • W0153/161,173; W0297/244, 245, 1512,2546, Battle Maps, Western Front 1916

  • WO 158/322 4th Army Summary of Operations, July 1916

  • WO329/732 Medal Rolls, World War 1

  • WO329/3 135 Silver War Badge Rolls, World War 1.

  • CAB45/132-138 Letters in reply to request to peruse Draft of Official History of World War 1.

For Research Sources:

The National Archives Research Guides

The National Archives Bookshop

First World War  by Ian F.W. Beckett

The Essential Guide to Sources in the National Archives. No serious historian or enthusiast working on the First World War can afford to be without this major reference work.

Battlefront: Somme


Battlefront: Somme highlights key moments from one of the most famous and bloody campaigns of the First World War through the original documents held at The National Archives.

Identifying your World War I Soldier from Badges and Photographs  by Iain Swinnerton, illus. by Roland Symons

Location of British Army Records 1914-1918  by Norman Holding & Iain Swinnerton

Fourth Edition
With the growing interest in World War I research many museums, amongst other repositories, are compiling lists and indexes of personnel from various records.


Other Books:

Army Service Records of the First World War by Simon Fowler, William Spencer and Stuart Tamblin (PRO Publication)

1st Battalion Tyneside Scottish (The Black Watch Royal Highland Regt.) by A P Whitehead. Pub.1947

Armour Against Fate: British Military Intelligence in the First World War by Michael Occleshaw. Columbus Books, London 1989

Battle of the Somme by Christopher Martin. Wayland Publishers, London 1974

Geordie and Jock - A Brief Account of the Tyneside Scottish by J L R Samson. Pub. 1978

Historical Record of British Infantry Regiments of the Great War 1914-1918 by Brig E A James

Somme by Lyn Macdonald. Papermac 1984

The First Day of the Somme, 1st July 1916 by Martin Middlebrook. Mien Lane 1971, Penguin Books 1984

The Story of the Tyneside Scottish by Brig-Gen Trevor Ternan. Northumberland Press 1919

Tyneside Irish by John Steen. Pen & Sword Books 1998


Other Sources:

Newcastle Daily Journal, Monday August 14th 1916 ,Thursday August 31st 1916 (in Newcastle Reference Library)

Tyneside Scottish Brigade Committee: First Report of the Hon. Secretary, September 1914 - December 1915 (in the Northumberland Record Office)


Worth Visiting:

Imperial War Museum

Regimental Museum(s) relevant to Ancestor's unit

France: area which used to be the Western Front (use the book Before Endeavours Fade by Rose E B Coombs)


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