Free Genealogy UK Military Records Search
American Revolutionary War
- Loyalist Muster Rolls
Any inhabitant of North America who served in a military capacity for the British during the American Revolutionary War.
- American Revolution; A List of General and Staff Officers on the Establishment in North America
British, German, and Loyalist Officers 1755-1782
- British, German and Loyalist Officers in the American Revolution
- The Trafalgar Roll
Over 1500 Royal Navy sailors who served in the battle of Trafalgar in 1805
- East India Directory & Register - 1832
- Dockyard Volunteers
British Army 1851
- Staff of the Commissariat Department of the British Army - 1851
Naval & Marine Officers - A to H and
I to Y
1840 Naval and Military Almanac
British Forces in Victoria, Australia 1836-1870
World War I
- British Army World War I Pension Records
This database from Ancestry.com contains records of those who claimed military disability pensions for WWI service.
- British Army World War I Service Records
This database from Ancestry.com contains the surviving service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in WWI.
- British Army Motor Cyclists of 1914
- British Army in the Great War
Understanding a soldier's service during the Great War.
- British Army Index of Regimental Websites
- WW I British Prisoners of War
National Archives interview reports of 3,000 of the 192,000 British and Commonwealth captives.
- Women's Royal Naval Service
National Archives database of the service records of more than 7,000 women who joined the Women's Royal Naval Service between 1917-1919.
- Victoria Cross
Name, rank, regiment, war, and grave locations for holders of the Victoria Cross.
- Victoria Cross
Recipients and Royal Warrants 1854 - 1914
- WWI Campaign Medals Index
- WWII Seamen's Medals
Military Burials and Wills
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Casualty database lists the names and place of commemoration of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during World War I and World War II. Search by name, country, and forces served with.
- Wills of Royal Naval Seamen
National Archives Seamen wills 1786 to 1882
Searching for your UK Military Ancestor
The documents giving details of regular soldier's careers during the 19th and early 20th centuries until the First World War are held at the Public Record Office.
The principal records are the soldier's Discharge Papers for those soldiers discharged with a pension. They are classified under WO.97. (The papers for those discharged without a pension were destroyed by fire many years ago). To find the papers for your ancestor, you must search in the period of his discharge.
Military Records have great genealogical value.
Research Guides to resources at the PRO:
British Army up to 1913
Looking for records of a British army soldier before 1913
- British Army after 1913
Looking for records of a British army soldier after 1913
Muster rolls and pay lists, c. 1730-1898
Helful info to find records on soldiers who did not draw a pension.
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