With each result, you will be provided with a PDF (portable document format) image of the original bulletins created by The Military Historical Society. For the first time these bulletins are available online as fully searchable, high-resolution scanned images. You can search for a name or a specific issue by month, year, or volume. The text search will allow you to search the full body of text within the bulletin.
The detail found on each page will vary. You may discover historical facts about military events, background information about regimental uniforms, and regimental histories, as well as images of soldiers, uniforms, and badges.
The Military Historical Society was founded in 1948. According to the society’s website, their goal is to promote ‘the advancement of the education of the public by the promotion of the study of the history of the uniformed services of the Crown, of uniforms, weapons, and all aspects of military history, and the dissemination of knowledge relating to such matters’.
These records have been digitally scanned and converted to machine-encoded text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This process is not perfect, and the machine may have misread characters, especially in personal names, which causes searches to fail.
The search feature uses direct search. It will only search for the exact words you write in the search field. For example, if you search for John Smith the results will give you pages with ‘John’ and ‘Smith.’
All search results will bring you to the page on which your search word has been found and not to an individual transcript. You can then read through the page to find your result.
If you are unable to find your relative on your first search you can try different name variations. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try W Smith.
You can use the text search field to search on any text you think may appear in the records, such as places, ranks, and regiments.