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If your ancestors enlisted in the armed forces, their surviving records can paint a detailed picture of their careers and lives. Featuring rich information like their occupations, addresses, next of kin and even whether they had any tattoos or scars, military service and pension records shine a light on your ancestors' achievements, challenges and personalities. Held between The National Archives and the Ministry of Defence, millions of servicemen's records are now available to explore online at Findmypast. From Waterloo to the Falklands, you'll find records relating to every major conflict from the last 300 years.

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