General collection information
This collection is made up of a comprehensive list of citizens from Aberdeen, Scotland who lost their lives in service to the military. This collection is index-only and includes valuable personal information, such as aircraft serial numbers, which may be hard to find in other collections. Records date from the First World War through the Gulf War Campaign.
Using the collection
The collection may include the following information:
The records found in this collection aren't just for military personnel. Anyone who died while aiding the British Armed Forces may be included and records may include Civil Defense Civilians, non-combatants, nurses, and members of the Merchant Navy. While most records are for men, women are also represented among the records.
The information in this collection is very detailed; however, having background information about your family member will greatly aid your search. It may be helpful to search other military records, such as muster rolls, draft cards, and duty records.
Collection in context
In 1925, Aberdeen city began compiling names for the First World War Roll of Honour. H.G. Pope, the city assessor, began by sending a survey about fallen service members to the households of Aberdeen. To ensure accuracy, Rolls of Honour from schools, guilds, and churches were also collected. After eliminating any duplicate names, the Roll of Honour exceeded 5,000 Aberdeen citizens. In 1945, another Roll of Honour was created to memorialise those who fell in service during the Second World War. A third list was created in 1946 to honour those fallen in subsequent conflicts that is still in use today.
Aberdeen City Council. "Aberdeen City Rolls of Honour." Last Modified 4 August, 2020. https://data.aberdeencity.gov.uk/en/dataset/aberdeen-city-rolls-of-honour.
National Library of Scotland. "Roll of the Men and Women of Aberdeen who Laid Down Their Lives." Last Modified 25 October, 2017. https://digital.nls.uk/rolls-of-honour/archive/100251704.
Scots Connection. "Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry." Last Modified 18 April, 2022. https://www.scotsconnection.com/t-genealogy3.aspx.