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The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides a range of articles, tools and resources that can help researchers looking into accountants of the past.

The Guide to historical resources

This guide highlights some of the material and the tools available within the ICAEW Library & Information collection that can be used by researchers to trace the history of the profession, the evolution of accounting practice and the lives of accountants.

Accountancy ancestors

Research Accountancy Ancestors

Trying to trace an ancestor or relative who was an accountant? The ICAEW Library & Information Service has produced a short guide for genealogists to highlight some of the resources that are available.
View the Research Guide Guide to Researching Accountancy Practice History
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Accountants in wartime

ICAEW would like to take this opportunity to pay its respects to all those who have lost their lives in the service of their country and freedom in both world wars.

During the First World War 1625 members and 1803 articled clerks served, as well as the Institute's then Librarian Cosmo Gordon. 129 members and clerks were decorated for their gallantry, which included two Victoria Crosses. However, 510 members and articled clerks were killed in action.

In the Second World War approximately one quarter of ICAEW members served and many decorations were gained (including two Victoria Crosses). However, 202 members and 273 articled clerks lost their lives.

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