Researching men on the Rugby Memorial Gates


What we want

1. Life before WW1:

  1. Date and place of birth, parents
  2. If married, date and name of spouse, and any children.
  3. Occupation and address.

2. Service:

  1. Date joined, number, rank, Regiment or Corps.
  2. Where he went, what battles he took part in.
  3. Date of death, where and how.
  4. Where buried and/or remembed.


How to find it



Find him in the 1911 census:


Use the same sources to search in 1901 census.

Use age and place of birth to find birth and marriage dates:

Search local directories or newspapers (in Rugby Library)



Most of the men on our list have the basic info, which has come from

Look at the details of the cemetery/memorial, it might give you information about how and where he died. Look at the associated documents - you might find wording on a headstone and the name and address of a relative. A soldier may have been reburied and information given of how he was identified.


Medal Roll Index Lists:

Also on Ancestry are: British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920, British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 and much more. Start at "Military Records". Find your man and it will recommend other records. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 is good as it shows place of birth and of enlistment (hopefully Rugby). A recent addition is UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 which give details of next of kin.


The medal index cards can also be downloaded from TNA (£3.36)

There is a lot more at TNA. Check the Research Guides on specific subjects. Links to soldiers, sailors and airmen can be found here

If you know the Regiment, you can download the War Diaries to find out what was happening


WW1 Soldiers Wills can be found at although they cost £6 to download. National Probate Calendar can be useful for finding relatives.


Other useful sites: The Long Long Trail: The British Army in the First World War A collection of databases Official notices of military awards Imperial War Museum An introduction to WW1 and lots of links.