* Tim Saunders explains the process of 'Finding Uncle Bill', so that others can take their genealogy beyond a simple family tree to a visiting the Western Front, to find their ancestors.
* Contributions from expert genealogist Simon Fowler and Medal expert Phil Mussel. Respectively they explain the methods available to trace ancestors principally using on-line and local sources and the medals that Great War soldiers would have earned.
Never before have so many resources been available to the family historian tracing Great War ancestors, both online and locally. But the past dearth of easily accessible material has now been replaced by a blizzard of information that needs its own skills to navigate. Expert genealogist Simon Fowler shows Richard Hone the ropes, with some surprising results.
Armed with details of Richard's great uncle William Pye's service between 1914 and 1918, the film sets out with battlefield historian Tim Saunders to 'Find Uncle Bill' and trace his war on the Western Front to his death just weeks before the Armistice. Their journey takes them from his first battle at Loos, via the Somme and Passchendaele, to his last battle and lost grave in the Ypres Salient.
In 'Uncle Bill's Medals', Phil Mussel explains which campaign medals that the five million British and Empire soldiers who fought in the Great War would have been entitled to as a result of their active service.
"This reviewer who has done a lot of research on his own British WWI ancestors, still found the video helpful, especially the section on how to pull all the pieces together and apply them to make the battle experience come alive. FGS Forum, Winter 2010