Sunday, 1 November 2020

Ancestry adds indexes to UK, Post Office World War I and World War II Memorial Books

Ancestry ( has added third party indexes to a new military themed collection:

Web: UK, Post Office World War I and World War II Memorial Books, 1914-1945
Source: London, England: The Postal Museum.

About Web: UK, Post Office World War I and World War II Memorial Books, 1914-1945
All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. To learn more about these records, please refer to the source’s website. 

From the Postal Museum's site at, some further information about the collection:


The Post Office, known as GPO prior to the 1960s, was once the largest employer in the UK. During both World Wars, the postal service was a vital part of the war effort with 70,000 employees fighting in each war. Both men and women of the GPO carried out the essential job of helping to keep communication lines open. Sadly, 12,830 postal employees are recorded to have lost their lives fighting.

As part of the commemoration of postal workers who gave their lives, James Trezies, a postal worker himself, created a unique record and memorial to his fallen colleagues from the two world wars. Over the period of 3 years in the mid-1950s Trezies researched and hand-wrote the names of each of the fallen on individual sheets of cream wove paper, with each name appearing in alphabetical order.

The completed pages were bound into two volumes, one for each conflict, later donated to The Postal Museum in 2015 by The Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance. These volumes were then digitised and made available online with the support of The Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance (POFR) and BT Archives.


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