Local Military History

There are many people and organisations with lots more information and with historical and up to date records than the author of this blog: The local regiments for example and their ongoing changes as the modern world moves on, however this page may be able to add a few links to internet information that may be useful or details of places to visit if you are interested in local Military history, either people or aircraft, tanks or aerodromes, docks etc. etc. for whatever reason.

Any pics that may be interesting will need permission, but basic text links should be ok.

There is a memorial garden on the Victoria Embankment.

Obviously we are in the East Midlands so memorials aren’t always in this county…the War Memorial at Crich in Derbyshire being one example, and the American Military Cemetary in Cambridgeshire being another.

It may take a week or so to collect links, heres a start with an online website that has lots of further website links. Please be aware that info on websites may be ‘hacked’ if the website isn’t secure so may need further verification.

For loved ones from family Ancestry and their service, the Ancestry UK website allows a 14 day free trial period, as do many genealogy sites.

There are websites that have details of Navy vessels and their crews in WWI and WWII.

The Armed Services can provide the most accurate records but i’m not sure of their criteria…most likely you must be the next of kin for confidentiality reasons, and you would probably need to write to them and possibly pay a reasonable search fee, each Service has a website with contacts.

The nearest sunday to November 11th is Armistice Sunday or Rememberance Sunday.

There is a local British Legion in Wollaton Village.

Links (more to follow) you can, of course, search the internet either at home or in the local library, the library assistants are also able to show you how to search if you don’t already know.

This is a website found online when looking for Nottingham and Notts Military history.


The Crich War Memorial, Derbyshire


The Cambridge American Cemetary and Memorial (wiki link, there are other websites for the Cemetary online)


This link that includes information on the battle of Jutland in 1914 (type Jutland in the website’s custom search), On board one of the Royal Navy vessels sunk during the battle was the heir to the Lord Middleton of Wollaton and Birdsall, H. Willoughby, he was killed in action on board HMS Indefatigable as the Commander and his younger brother became Lord Middleton.


This one is about the less well known women UK pilots of WWII (theres a bbc programme about them too…see if you can search and find it) please note that lots of little elderly ladies worked in all kinds of areas during the wars and were extremely brave.


Then there are fiction novels, and poetry written in a Military genre, and media programmes, some of them these works are studied at GCSE ‘O’ or ‘A’ level, featuring war days such as the novel by Andrea Levy entitled Small Island. Parts of the novel describe around Nottingham. These books give a vivid picture of war days and emotions. Please be aware that many of the military genre novels and poetry are part of the National Curriculum. There are lots of other novels, the author Sven Hassle for example is a well known popular writer, (the only local connection would be some of ‘our lads’ may have been involved in the real version of the fictional ones) and of course there are biographies and autobiographies. Our own Albert Ball VC and other medal holders have books about them too.

There is a more fun website, it gives the call sign names during ww2, obviously we cant definitely say every word is true, but it does show a sense of humour (the rest of the website is serious stuff, so permission is being asked to include it)….

Nottinghamshire WW2 history link


An online account of WW2 and the airmen stationed in Wollaton Park (please see their memorial near the entrance to the courtyard) is also waiting permission to be included.

Info on recent conflicts should probably be left for individuals to lookup in respect of relatives and families, it’s enough to say the traditional
“We will remember them’

One more comment…my dad…an RAF regular in 1933 at RAF Manston and in Nottingham in 1941 posted here to what seems to be called a Starfish site, always said the most important piece of information was:- “look after the living”

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