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King’s Regiment Family History Day at Maritime Museum

inside-barracks.jpgKing’s Regiment Family History Day
Merseyside Maritime Museum Free event

Have you ever wondered if a family member once served in the famous King’s Regiment?

Now is your chance to find out by using National Museums Liverpool’s database and archives, plus the opportunity to ask specialists on King’s Regiment Family History Day. It takes place between 1000 and 1600 hours on 24 June 2006 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Created in 1685, the King’s is one of Britain’s oldest regiments. It has been Liverpool’s regiment since 1881 and is now joined with the Manchester Regiment. Over the centuries it has been a way of life for thousands of men, during peace and war. Members of the regiment have served in two world wars, in Asia, Africa, America and Ireland.

The database, which has taken more than 10 years to construct, contains the biographical details of over 70,000 men who served in WWI and is the largest and most complete resource of its kind. The archives consist of war diaries from both WWI and WWII along with other printed histories from the period. All of these resources are available for use on the day.

One of the specialists on hand is National Museums Liverpool’s Matthew Buck, curator of social history-King’s Regiment. Matthew, who was previously based at the Royal Artillery Museum, said of the Kings Regiment History Day: