Work in progress

Undergoing big changes!

My old research service under the name Fourteeneighteen is no more.

A new, thoroughly different approach to researching soldiers of the First World War is about to be launched. Watch this space! And meanwhile, while I play about with this website, ignore it all until I remove this notice!

Expertise and innovation

Features

Your unknown soldiers become known again. Rebuild their story from a range of official sources; base it on knowledge of army ways and regulations of the time; and set it in the context of the history of the war.

Widest and deepest search for information

When you have researched more than 10,000 soldiers, you get a pretty good idea where to find relevant information, fast. Your search will miss nothing out. Even if your start point is fragmentary or uncertain.

Make sense out of nonsense

Military records can be very confusing as they are loaded with abbreviations and acronyms; they are not always in chronological sequence; and they sometimes contain errors. My report will make it all clear for you.

Your own secure online access to my report and information found

No need to worry about saving and keeping the report and documents I produce for you. You’ll have your own password-protected web page where you can find it all and download or print it at any time.

Happy customers

Feedback

I receive many happy emails and letters from clients that are more than satisfied with my work. Here is a sample of the feedback I have received over the years.

Colin Looker

A few years ago, November 2015 to be precise, fourteeneighteen made a report on my Great uncle Sydney WW1. I now realise what fantastic job you did. Having now visited the site where Syd was fatally wounded and where he was buried. I have now compiled a diary of my visit and Syd’s WW1 time in the trenches. Thank you so much, worth every penny.

★★★★★

Ruth Parsons

So many thoughts and images have run through our heads this weekend after reading the reports and documents you provided. My grandad and dad would’ve been spellbound and proud to learn about what Albert experienced in the last few years of his life. … this has added essence to his life and we are eternally grateful to you and all your efforts.

★★★★★

Julian Boardman-Weston

Many thanks for your report and the appendices. I delayed emailing you until I had the opportunity to give it the attention it deserves. I really can echo some of the glowing testimonials on your website. Because of your experience you have been able to lay your hands on all sorts of things that a beginner does not even know exist. The report is fascinating as history of a well-loved family member and gives me a starting point for visiting the places you have identified. It is also very good value for money when compared to the fees of similarly experienced specialists in other professional fields.

★★★★★

Balanced

Pricing Approach

Before you start to research a soldier, you never know how much you are going to find, or how complex his story will turn out to be. My approach to pricing makes sure you pay a reasonable fee that reflects the amount of work and the degree of detail that emerges. Nothing to pay upfront and no surprises when you are presented with the bill.

Core

£X

All the searches, plus


Production of report, plus


You own secure access, plus


Ongoing help and advice as needed

Additional

£Y

/special event


Covers the additional work in producing detailed narrative of event


So for example, for a man was who was wounded and later taken prisoner, £YY would be added to the core fee

Reductions

£0-Z


Recognises gaps, uncertainties and general quality and detail of the narrative that emerges


Applies to some extent in 80% of all projects


Typically, core fee will be reduced by £ZZZZ depending on outcome


Benefits

Making a difference

You will be assured that all sources have been searched, without the need for you to subscribe to many different providers.

You will receive as full an explanation of the soldier’s own story is possible, set in the context of the complex history of the Great War. All your questions will be answered.

You will be able to show or send the results to members of your family and others and be proud of adding to their knowledge.

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Chris’s research blog

Thoughts as they occur to me: projects I am working on, soldier’s stories, research and interpretation tips. And occasional book reviews and other scattered thoughts on the work of being a military researcher.

Latest project

Exeter man James Pilling Cundy. Joined regular army in 1900 and served in Army Service Corps. Transferred to reserve in 1903. Recalled for war service, he was among the first to go to France in August 1914. Served throughout with 35th (Horse Transport) Company, the headquarters company of 2nd Divisional Train. He was discharged in 1920. In 1942, he earned the British Empire Medal for his bravery in saving twelve horses from a blazing stables, hit by an incendiary bomb during a “Baedecker” air raid on his home town. He died in 1946.