Medal created and-awarded by the British Government in 1945

Getting to Know Your Army Ancestors Through Photographs and Memorabilia

When researching your family history, one of the first questions you may have is “With which Regiment did my ancestor serve?” and sometimes the only clue is a battered old wartime photograph, a medal or a few pages from an old pay-book. This fascinating talk will provide you with some of the skills needed to study your old photographs and memorabilia in order to unlock the information they contain. Illustrated by a wide selection of military images and artefacts, this talk will take you through the basics of identifying uniforms, medals, regiments and rank accompanied by hints and tips for your own follow-up research.

Bring along some of your own photographs for the question and answer session. You never know what you may learn! If possible, so that answers can be found in advance of the night, please send an image (600dpi or more with no colourisation) along with your query to re*****@be******.uk.

This meeting will be recorded. 

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society, and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will be emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

Image: Medal created and awarded by the British Government in 1945, image created by Col André Kritzinger, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


Thu 29 Feb


19:45 - 21:00

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  • Captain Graham Bandy
    Captain Graham Bandy

    Captain Graham Bandy has had a passion for military history since he was a young child. He enlisted in the British Army at the age of 17, spending seven years in The 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment during the 1980s.
    He then left to study nursing at University, before attending The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and being commissioned into QARANC. In conjunction with the Army Medical Services Museum, he has led recruits and young soldiers on a variety of battlefield tours from the Western Front to Gettysburg.
    Captain Bandy is a member of a number of military living history groups, including The Great War Society, La Columna, Pitsford Home Guard and 16th Parachute Field Ambulance. His Military-Medical Displays can be seen at many major events in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include the bi-annual event at the Passchendaele Museum in Belgium, Military Mtafa, a multi-period celebration of military history in Malta and From Whitehall to Wipers, a walk in full First World War kit from London to Ypres by the Great War Society in aid of Help For Heroes .
    He is widely acknowledged as an expert on military medical history and the identification of uniforms and cap badges.