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Trace your ancestors with gunners' records

PUBLISHED: 15:53 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:49 25 August 2010

FRONT-GUNNERS: Officers from the Royal Artillery, Woolwich, in 1893.

FRONT-GUNNERS: Officers from the Royal Artillery, Woolwich, in 1893.

A FAMILY history guide could help millions of amateur researchers discover records on their ancestors in the British Army. Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum based in Woolwich, has published a booklet explaining how the public can access its extensive

A FAMILY history guide could help millions of amateur researchers discover records on their ancestors in the British Army.

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum based in Woolwich, has published a booklet explaining how the public can access its extensive archives dating back to its foundation 1716.

The museum's millions of documents and photos were used by Fiona Bruce on the BBC's Who Do You think You Are? to research her great-grandfather's service in WWI.

Museum curator Mark Smith said: "Our archive is relevant to so many family historians because the Royal Artillery is one of the biggest regiments in the British Army."

"During the WWII there were more people serving as gunners than were serving in the entire Royal Navy.

"That means there are literally millions of people out there who have family ties with the Royal Artillery and we are happy to help them find out more about their Gunner heritage."

The 16-page Is There a Gunner on Your Family? also details other major UK military sources and archives to explore when researching a family tree.

The booklet costs £2 including postage. To order, call 020 8312 7134 or visit the museum's online shop at www.firepower.org.uk/store.

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