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The National Archives at Kew has announced that some 140,000 army officers records from post-1913 have now been catalogued, and can be searched by name via Discovery (in category WO 339). Cataloguing work took place over three years by The Friends of the National Archives. The full story is at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/958.htm 1 .

Chris Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians 2 , whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers 3 is also now out.

And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com 4 – all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks References ^ http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/958.htm (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) ^ Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk) ^ British and Irish Newspapers (www.gould.com.au) ^ www.caledonia2014.com (www.caledonia2014.com)

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EXCLUSIVE: Islamic State terrorists being 'trained by former British …

ISLAMIST terrorists responsible for atrocities in Iraq are being trained by former members of the British Army, intelligence sources believe. TRAINING: Intelligence has spotted similarities between Islamist extremists and the British military ALAMY The Daily Star Sunday has been told 600 British terrorists fighting for Islamic State (IS) are commanded and trained by Muslims with a military background. One defence source said the British secret service MI6 and America s CIA have picked up chatter suggesting several former British Army members are fighting in Iraq.

The intelligence has come via intercepted mobile phone calls, email hacking and agents with close links to Islamist extremists. The trainers may have served in regular army units or in the Territorial Army. The source said: We know there are people with English accents and a military background training members of IS in Iraq and Syria.

They are using the same techniques and drills especially with weapon handling and tactics that are used by the British Army We have received information which shows many of the young British men who have gone to fight jihad in Syria and Iraq are receiving military training from other British nationals. They are using the same techniques and drills especially with weapon handling and tactics that are used by the British Army. The source said recruits who joined IS were receiving pretty decent levels of military training before they were allowed to take part in battles.

The terrorists were also being taught how to conserve ammunition, only to fire aimed shots and not to waste bullets on targets that were out of range. They had also been given instruction on how to plan ambushes and conduct day and night patrols. Related articles Recruits who demonstrated good weapon-handling skills were then trained to use sniper rifles and other longer-range weapons.

The source added: There are an estimated 600 British citizens fighting with IS it should not be a surprise that one or two of those have a military background. MI5 and MI6 officials are also concerned at the growing number of white Muslim converts heading to Iraq and Syria. They have always been a worry for the security services because they do not fit the profile of a typical terrorist.

And intelligence chiefs fear white converts radicalised by fighting in Iraq and Syria could slip back into Britain and begin plotting attacks on the UK mainland. Prime Minister David Cameron said IS was a greater threat to our security than we have seen before as he raised the official terror threat level to severe on Friday. Meanwhile, members of the SAS have been monitoring the movement of IS militants in both Iraq and Syrian border regions.

It is understood the intelligence will be used to target IS strongholds if the US expands its military operations in the region.

The SAS has been operating from covert observation posts close to the militants front line for the past three weeks, working closely with US special forces.

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On this day: The first British Army officer to die in ground action …

Lt George Masterman Thompson, 1st Bn Royal Scots (attached Gold Coast Regiment) George was born at Eshowe, Zululand on 21 February 1890. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst, he was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Scots in October 1909. Transferring to the 1st Battalion in 1910, he served with it in India until 1913 when, after promotion to Lieutenant in February, he was seconded to the WAFF and the Gold Coast Regiment in November 1913.

After the declaration of war, George was made Military Commandant of the town of Quittah before crossing the border into enemy territory in Togoland. Near Chra on 21 August, Edward aquitted himself well in a fight with against strongly entrenched German positions and, as a consequence of his command of the French language, was put in command of a mixed French/British/Colonial force for the attack the following day. Edward was mortally wounded by machine gun fire at the head of his men on the following afternoon.

He was later awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms for gallantry by the French.

He is buried in Wahala Cemetery (formerly Chra Village Cemetery) and has the only Commonwealth war grave in Togo from either the First or Second World Wars.

Researched for the WFA by David O Mara, Croonaert Research Service 1 References ^ David O’Mara (www.westernfrontassociation.com)

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