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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.

  • Tracing Ancestors in the British Army
    Military Records have great genealogical value.

  • PRO Military History

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