British Isles Military Records, Wars & Conflicts
10 Sources for Researching British Military Ancestors
Dig out the details of your British soldier ancestors' military service, with this collection of sources for military service and pension records, war memorials, military cemeteries and other military records and resources for the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy.
A Brief Guide to Tracing Ancestors in the British Army
Learn about the primary sources for British military records, as well as a useful list of addresses and books.
British Army - Useful Sources for Tracing Soldiers
Learn how to determine your ancestor's regiment or corps from a number of sources in this free leaflet from the British Public Record Office.
British Library India Office
Records of the pre-1947 Indian Army can be found at the British Library India Office.
British Military Research & History in Newspapers, 1801-1945
The British Newspaper Library explains how to use regional newspapers, often the best sources of information on individual soldiers, regiments, and battalions, for British military research.
Debt of Honour Register
Personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces (including the United Kingdom and former colonies) who died in the First or Second World Wars, as well as a record of some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second World War provided without details of burial location.
Documents in Military History
This collection of primary sources for military history is currently focused primarily on European military history before the twentieth century.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum covers all aspects of British seafaring from the 14th century to the 20th century, including public records relating to the administration of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy, shipping company records, historic photographs of ships and seamen, and personal papers comprising journals, diaries and letters.
National Archives - Researching Military History
The National Archives has a huge collection of records on the individuals who fought throughout Britain's military history, as well as on strategies, campaigns and equipment.
Regimental & Corps Museums of the British Army
Once you've identified your British ancestor's regiment or corps, then the next step is to contact the appropriate regimental or corps museum which can be located via this search engine from the Army Museums Ogilby Trust.
Tracing British Family History from Maritime Records
A brief introduction to British maritime records that you can use to discover more about your ancestors, family history or famous people.
Tracing UK Merchant Navy Ancestry
Learn how to locate information on British Merchant Navy personnel in this free guide available from the Imperial War Museum. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat software to read this PDF file.
Tracing UK Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force Ancestry
This information sheet from the Imperial War Museum provides guidance on tracing Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force Personnel and is available for free download in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat software to read this guide.
Tracing UK Royal Navy Ancestry
Learn where to find British Royal Navy service records, casualty records, medal records and other sources for tracing your Royal Navy ancestors. In PDF format - you will need the free Adobe Acrobat software to read this guide.