Charles is one of only 12 Commonwealth servicemen buried in this local graveyard and he is buried beside another man from his regiment, Private WW Totman.I was surprised that although Charles’ First World War experience lasted only 11 days, I was able to find so much information in The National Archives to help me understand where he was and what he did.

At The National Archives we are busy planning our programme of activities to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in 2014.

With our unique and extensive collection of First World War records, from the official unit war diaries to medal cards and records of the men and women who served, we hold an invaluable resource for genealogists, historians, scholars and anyone interested in researching the history of this conflict or the people involved.

The action of 28 August 1914 is captured in a fantastic annex to the unit war diary detailing events of the battle.

Now that I had found his regiment and read about their actions in France in August 1914, I went in search of Charles in the British Army medal index cards 1914-1920 and found two medal cards for his 1914 Star and Victory medals.

At last I could take up my search for Charles again.

First World War 1914 Using the guide of how to research the First World War, I next tracked Charles down in records of The National Archives at the outbreak of the First World War when the 12th Lancers deployed as part of the BEF to France.

I was able to put faces to names on census records but even more exciting for me were the photographs of a host of men in uniform. So, armed with this new information, I hit The National Archives’ records.

Census records Years ago, I had searched the census records of 18 and followed Charles and the rest of the Hunt family living in Bethnal Green.

I am by no means a military historian so excuse me if I get any Army terminology wrong in what I reveal about my ancestor.