First World War Index
The Accountancy Ancestors database provides an index to individuals who served during the First World War and were mentioned in reports published in the accountancy press. This includes reports on accountants, their staff and close relatives who were wounded, killed in action, mentioned in despatches, awarded medals or taken prisoner.
The index has been published in PDF format and is available to browse in two versions, arranged by surname and firm name.
How to obtain an entry
The index does not include the full text of entries. However, the ICAEW Library & Information Service can supply copies of an entry through our document supply service. Entries are free for permitted users, but for all other users a charge of £5 plus VAT applies per entry.
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Guide to Records
The majority of the records indexed fall into the following categories:
- Despatches - individuals mentioned in despatches
- Died of Wounds
- Died on Active Service
- Honours - individuals who received honours
- Medal - individuals who received a medal
- News from the Front - various reports filed in this column from The Accountant
- POW - individuals reported to be prisoners of war
- Promotion - reports on accountants receiving commissions or promotions
- Roll of Honour - various reports filed in this column from The Accountant
- Reported at Council - deaths reported at council meetings (no further detail is available for these individuals)
The Accountant (1914 to 1919)
The Accountant published two columns during the First World War - 'Roll of Honour' and 'News from the Front'. The column 'Roll of Honour' listed individuals who were missing, killed in action, wounded or who had been awarded medals. The column 'News from the front' included details of individuals who had received commissions, were awarded medals or who were recognised for their bravery. The level of information provided varies from entry to entry, but in many cases there is more detail in the journal. Details for 929 individuals are recorded in this index (615 recording deaths, 314 recording other news).
The index also includes details of deaths reported in council meetings (the index records these as 'Reported in Council') but there are no further details for these entries.
The Accountants' Magazine (1914 to 1919)
The Accountants' Magazine published lists of members who had been wounded, missing, taken prisoner or awarded medals during the First World War. Details for 408 individuals are recorded in this index (196 recording deaths, 212 recording other news).
Incorporated Accountants' Journal (1914 to 1919)
The Incorporated Accountants' Journal published lists of members who had been killed in action, wounded, missing, taken prisoner, mentioned in despatches or awarded medals during the First World War. Details for 188 individuals are recorded in this index (110 recording deaths, 78 recording other news).