Regimental & service records
Records in this collection
- Army Deserters 1828-1840
- British Army Pensioners - Kilmainham, Ireland 1783-1822
- British Army Service Records 1760-1915 (inc Chelsea Pensioners)
- British Army, Honourable Artillery Company
- British Royal Navy Personnel 1831
- London Volunteer Soldiers 1859-1955
- Military Nurses 1856-1994
- Paddington Rifles 1860-1912
- Royal Artillery Attestations 1883-1942
- Royal Artillery Military Medals 1916-1993
- Royal Marines 1899-1919
- Royal Navy Officers 1899-1919
- Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1919
- Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934
- Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933
- The Royal Fusiliers 1863-1905
- Worldwide Army Index 1861
Regimental and service records help to provide not only colour to your relative's life in the forces, but also often go into an incredible amount of biographical detail, including physical appearance, occupation, other relatives' details (marriage / children), tattoos / scars and other distinguishing features.
The colour to their military life may be found in service records detailing campaigns they took part in, medals awarded, their rank, promotions as well as any details kept regarding their conduct or character.
Of course, there are many other records available in this section that could add even more to your knowledge of their experiences and events that shaped their lives, whether they were a soldier, a military nurse or even, perhaps, a deserter!
It may also be worth searching for your ancestor in The British Newspaper Archive, where tales of bravery, and news from home would often be covered by both local and national press, including dispatches