Our ANESFHS Library has a large section of books which help you to research your ancestors who were in the military, the air force, the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy.  Below is a small selection of books and other resources relating to the losses sustained in the First and Second World Wars.

Most books are accessible only for reference in our Library, but we do sell copies of some titles.  Prices, codes and weights are given for these.  Also, most of our large range of Monumental Inscriptions booklets contain transcriptions of local war memorials and of individual gravestones in North-East Scottish burial grounds that commemorate World War casualties.


First World War:


The Gordon Highlanders in the First World War, 1914–1919

by C. Falls (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1958).


Before Endeavours Fade: A Guide to the Battlefields of the First World War (6th edn)

by R. Coombs (London: Battle of Britain Prints International Ltd, 1990).

A book for those who want to visit the battlefields of the First World War.


To ache, and fecht, and fa’: the war graves of the First World War in Moray and Nairn

by J. Stewart (Nairn: Fishertown Press, 2017).

This book highlights those who died during war service in the First World War and who are buried in their home area of Moray and Nairn and the surrounding area.  Each military person is given a brief but personal commentary, and some have photographs alongside the short biographies.

Price: £8

Code: LM056        Weight: 210g


With full and grateful hearts: a register of Royal Marine deaths, 1914–1919

Royal Marines Historical Society (1991).


The sky their battlefield: air fighting and the complete list of allied air casualties from enemy action in the First War: British, Commonwealth, and United States Air Services 1914 to 1918.

by T. Henshaw (London: Grub Street, 1995).


Maps of Commonwealth war cemeteries and memorials (three Michelin maps).


Transcriptions of local war memorials, usually with photographs of the memorial.


Roll of Honour: a record of those belonging to Aberdeen and district who gave their lives for their country in the Great War

Contains over 5,000 names.


Rolls of Honour

including those for: Macduff; Morayshire; Nairnshire (for sale: code NS015); Peterhead; Turriff; Robert Gordon’s College; Aberdeen Grammar School 1939–1945


The Roll of Honour: Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force for the Great War 1914–18

by H. J. Williamson (Dallington: The Naval & Military Press, 1992).


Online: World War 1 – Roll of Honour


Anne Park (no. 3879) has built an extensive database with details of over 20,000 soldiers and other personnel serving in North-East Scottish regiments/units who died in service during the First World War.  The information available may include burial location, war memorial where commemorated, and family details, as well as references to newspaper articles, also often including photographs.  This database is available in the ANESFHS DataBank in the members-only area of our website when you log in.



Second World War:


Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War, 9 vols

by W. R. Chorley (Leicester: Midland Publishing, 1992–2007).


Royal Air Force Fighter Command losses of the Second World War, 3 vols

by N. Franks (Leicester: Midland Publishing, 1997–2000).


Royal Air Force Coastal Command losses of the Second World War, volume 1: aircraft and crew losses 1939–1941

by R. McNeill (Leicester: Midland Publishing, 2003).


Bid them rest in peace: a register of Royal Marines war deaths, 1939–1945

by the Royal Marines Historical Society (1992).


The War Dead of the British Empire and Commonwealth: a register of the names of those who fell in the 1939–45 war

by A. Lane (Stockport: A. Lane Publications, n.d.).


When you go home: a dedication to the men, women and children who died at the hands of the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II

by A. Lane (Stockport: A. Lane Publications, 1993).