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Harnessing history for findmypast.co.uk

This week, Four helped to launch a major development by genealogy company and family history website Findmypast.co.uk.

The company, in association with The National Archives, published over one million records of service men, women and civilians who had been taken captive during World War II.

This new access will enable members of the public and relatives of prisoners of war to explore the records online for the very first time. Included are the records for Stalag Luft III, the Nazi camp renowned for the mass escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners which inspired the film The Great Escape, and the Far East Prisoner of War camps immortalised in films such as The Railway Man.

The launch, managed by the Four team, saw 103 year old prisoner of war veteran Dr Bill Frankland, who was held captive at Changi, visit the Findmypast offices in Shoreditch to view his records online and provide interviews to Sky News and BBC Radio 4 World at One.

The team has their eyes set on an even bigger Findmypast project later in the year – the 1939 Register. Watch this space!

 

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