What wars did your family serve in? Poll

Here are the results of our 25th Unlock the Past poll - What wars did your ancestors or others on your family tree serve in? Votes were cast by 298 people. The results are summarised in the table below.

Almost all voters have someone in the family who served in the first and second world wars and close to 40 percent had a connection with the Boer war. Families continue to be linked with more recent wars as indicated by the numbers for the Korean (10.9%), Vietnam (23.4%) and other recent conflicts. Many have done research which also reveals participation in earlier wars - the Napoleonic wars (15.8%), American Civil War (3.3%), Prussian wars (3.6%), Crimean and others they have mentioned.

Just one voter indicated there was no-one in their tree who had served in any war.

 

War Votes Percent Voters
Napoleonic wars 48 15.84
American Civil War 10 3.30
Prussian wars 11 3.63
Boer War 115 37.95
World War 1 268 88.45
World War 2 278 91.75
Korean War 33 10.89
Vietnam War 71 23.43
Wars since Vietnam 21 6.93
Other 29 9.90

Where the voters came from

  • Australia - 267
  • Canada - 1
  • France - 1
  • Hong Kong - 1
  • Ireland - 1
  • New Zealand - 8
  • Singapore - 1
  • United States - 1
  • Unknown - 17

Other comments

  • Afghan Wars, China Wars, Burma Wars, American War of Independence
  • American War of Independence
  • 41st Reg. Canada 1808-1815
  • Crimea
  • Malaya
  • 2nd Iraq War
  • Crimean War, Baltic campaign (vs Russia c1855), various African Campaigns in latter part of 19th Century
  • India
  • Northwest Rebellion, Fenian Raids - both Canada
  • Maori Wars
  • Grandson in Army preparing for Overseas
  • Indonesian Confrontation, Malaysia, Borneo
  • Crimean War
  • Crimean War (was that part of the Prussian War?)
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Crimean
  • Palestine 1945-48
  • Matabele Uprising
  • Easter Rising
  • Indian
  • Agincourt
  • Schleswig-Holstein War
  • None
  • Malaya
  • Afghanistan 2006
  • Wars of the Roses, Hundred Years War, Stephen v Matilda, Conquest, many more
  • New Zealand wars with the Maoris 1860s
  • Rhodesian War
  • Opium war
  • NZ Land / Maori Wars
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