British Military Records Online

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

This page has links to British Military records found online. The collections are organized in charts according to the website they are found on. Within the chart, the collections are organized chronologically.

Here are some websites with British military record collections:

  • Ancestry ($) - a subscription site, Ancestry has many British military collections ranging from the 1700s to the 1900s
  • FamilySearch - a free site, FamilySearch has a few British military collections ranging from the 1700s to the early 1900s
  • FindMyPast ($) - a subscription site, FindMyPast has a variety of British military collections ranging from the 1600s to the 1900s
  • MyHeritage ($) - a subscription site, MyHeritage has a few British military collections ranging from the 1800s to the 1900s
  • Forces War Records ($) - a subscription site, Forces War Records has many British military collections ranging from the 1700s to the 1900s
  • Scotland's People ($) - a pay-per-view site, ScotlandsPeople has a few Scottish military collections
  • TheGenealogist ($) - a subscription site, TheGenealogist has British military collections ranging from the 1600s to the 1900s
  • Naval and Military Archive ($) - a subscription site, the NMA has British military collections from the 1800s to the 1900s. Membership can be purchased for a day, week, month, or year.
  • Military Archives (Ireland) - a free site, the Military Archives has many online Irish military collections
  • The National Archives (TNA) - a free site, TNA has many online British military collections that can be found on their British military research guides
  • Anglo Boer War - a free site, Anglo Boer War has a database of soldiers who fought in the Anglo Boer War
  • Soldiers of the Queen in the Second Anglo-Boer War - a free site, SOTQ has a database of soldiers who fought in the Anglo Boer War
  • Roll of Honour - a free site, Roll of Honour has, among other British military databases, a database of soldiers who fought in the Anglo Boer War


Online Record Collections[edit | edit source]

Ancestry[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1713-1882 UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882
1715-1925 UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admissions and Discharges, 1715-1925
1756-1931 UK, Royal Naval Officers' Service Records Index, 1756-1931
1760-1920 UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920
1776-1835 UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835
1793-1949 UK, Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949
1793-1972 UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972
1806-1930 UK, Naval and Military Courts Martial Registers, 1806-1930
1812-1817 UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817
1812-1927 UK, Military Deserters, 1812-1927
1815 UK, Waterloo Medal Roll, 1815
1842-1925 UK, Royal Marines Registers of Service Index, 1842-1925 Links to The National Archives
1848-1939 UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939
1853-1872 UK, Royal Naval Seamen Index, 1853 -1872 Links to The National Archives
1860-1955 UK, Royal Naval Reserve Service Records Index, 1860-1955 Links to The National Archives
1882-1962 UK, British Army Lists, 1882-1962
1888-1970 UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970
1899-1902 UK, Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902
1901-1929 UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929
1903-1922 UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records Index, 1903-1922 Links to The National Archives
1908 UK, Hart's Annual Army List, 1908
1914-1916 UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916
1914-1918 UK, British Jewry Roll of Honour, 1914-1918
1914-1918 Ireland Casualties WWI, 1914-1918
1914-1918 England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918
1914-1919 UK, Royal Naval Division Index, 1914-1919 Links to The National Archives
1914-1919 UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1914-1919 UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919
1914-1920 British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
1914-1920 British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
1914-1920 British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
1914-1920 UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920
1914-1920 UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920
1914-1920 UK, British Army Recipients of the Military Medal, 1914-1920
1914-1920 UK, Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920
1914-1921, 1939-1947 UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
1914-1924 Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924
1914-1925 UK, Campaign Medals Awarded to WWI Merchant Seamen, 1914-1925 Links to The National Archives
1914-1945 UK, Shipping and Seamen WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945
1918 UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 1918
1918-1920 UK, Women's Royal Air Force Index, 1918-1920 Links to The National Archives
1918-1940 UK, Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940
1920-1971 UK, Military Discharge Indexes, 1920-1971
1935-1990 UK, Recommendations for Honours and Awards Index, 1935-1990 Links to The National Archives
1939-1945 UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
1939-1945 UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
1939-1945 UK, WWII Medals Issued to Merchant Seamen, 1939-1945 Links to The National Archives
Collections with fewer than 10,000 records in them were not listed. Go to Ancestry's United Kingdom Military page for links to these additional collections.

FamilySearch[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1760-1913 United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913
1772-1935 Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935
1806-1915 United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915
1835-1941 United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941
1914-1920 United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
1917-1920 United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920
Collections with fewer than 10,000 records in them were not listed. Go to FamilySearch's Historical Records page for links to these additional collections.

FindMyPast[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1656-1888 Other Army Lists & Roll Calls 1656-1888
1704-1919 British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
1715-1945 Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
1739-1861 British Royal Navy, Ships' Musters
1760-1939 British Army Service Records
1761-2005 British Armed Forces and Overseas Births and Baptisms
1775-1817 Napoleonic War Records 1775 - 1817
1783-1822 British Army Pensioners - Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Ireland, 1783-1822
1793-2013 Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
1795-1852 British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852
1796-2005 British Armed Forces and Overseas Deaths and Burials
1804-1805 The Men of Trafalgar Medal Roll
1828-1840 Army Deserters 1828-1840
1831 British Royal Navy Personnel 1831
1836-1975 British Armed Forces, Roman Catholic Registers
1841 British Army, Worldwide Index 1841
1856-1994 Military Nurses 1856-1940
1877-1924 British Army, Irish Regimental Enlistment Registers 1877-1924
1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
1899-1919 Royal Navy Officers 1899-1919
1899-1919 British Army, East Surrey Regiment 1899-1919
1899-1924 British Royal Navy Seamen 1899-1924
1901-1918 British Army, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment 1901-1918
1914-1918 National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
1914-1918 New Zealand WWI Soldiers 1914-1919
1914-1918 British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918
1914-1918 London County Council Record Of War Service 1914-1918
1914-1919 Naval Casualties 1914-1919
1914-1919 Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
1914-1920 Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920
1914-1920 Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920
1916 British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen
1939-1945 WWII Prisoners of War
1939-1945 Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945
Collections with fewer than 10,000 records in them were not listed. Go to FindMyPast's A-Z of record sets page for links to these additional collections.

MyHeritage[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1815 Waterloo Medal Recipients, 1815
1872-1915 British Militia Attestations Index, Royal Garrison Artillery, 1872 - 1915
1886-1910 British Militia Attestations Index, 1886 - 1910
1899-1902 Boer War Casualties, 1899 - 1902
1914-1918 British Silver War Badge Recipients, 1914 - 1918
1914-1918 The National Roll of the Great War, 1914 - 1918
1914-1918 Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914 - 1918
1914-1919 British Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 - 1919
1914-1919 British Royal Navy and Royal Marine Casualties, 1914 - 1919
1914-1920 Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914 - 1920
1914-1924 De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1924
1939-1945 British Empire Armies and Other Land Forces - Prisoners of War, 1939 - 1945
1939-1945 British Empire Naval and Air Forces - Prisoners of War, 1939 - 1945
1939-1945 British Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
1939-1945 British Army Prisoners of War Held in German Camps, 1939 - 1945
Collections with fewer than 10,000 records in them were not listed. Go to MyHeritage's United Kingdom - Military page for links to these additional collections.

Forces War Records[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1700s-1800s Fife Regiments
1793-1814 The Military General Service Medal Roll
1841 1841 Worldwide Army Index
1851 1851 Worldwide Army Index
1861 1861 Worldwide Army Census
1861 1861 Worldwide Army Index
1861 Index for serving personnel around 1861
1870s 1870s Military Discharges
1871 1871 Worldwide Army Index
1877 The South Africa Medal (1877) Roll
1877-1881 Royal Artillery 1877-81
1899-1902 The Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902
1899-1902 The Boer war medals to British and Commonwealth forces 1899-1902
1911 Delhi Durbar 1911
1911 UK Army List 1911
1914 UK Army List 1914
1914-1918 British Red Cross overseas volunteers 1914-1918
1914-1918 Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1
1914-1918 Silver War Badge List 1914-1918
1914-1918 National Roll of the Great War
1914-1918 Territorial Forces War Medal
1914-1918, 1939-1945 WW1 & WW2 Nurses Records
1914-1919 Royal Navy Medals 1914-1919
1914-1919 Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
1914-1919 First World War Daily Reports (Missing, Wounded & Prisoner of War)
1914-1920 Royal Naval Officers' Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1920
1914-1920 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Ratings Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1920
1914-1920 Roll of Naval War Medals 1914-1920
1914-1920 Royal Marines Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1920
1914-1924 Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924
1914-1929 Admiralty - Registers of Killed and Wounded 1914-1929
1914-1950 British Army Court Martials 1914-1950
1916 UK Army List 1916
1918 General Service Medal (1918)
1918 UK Army List 1918
1918 RAF Formations List 1918
1922 British Jewry Book of Honour 1922
1939 UK Army List 1939
1939-1945 WWII Daily reports (missing, dead, wounded & POWs)
1939-1945 UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
1939-1945 Bomber/Fighter Command Losses 1939-1945
1939-1945 Home Guard Officer Lists 1939-45
1939-1945 Imperial Prisoners of war held in Japan
1939-1945 Prisoners of War of the British Empire held in Germany 1939-45
1939-1945 Seedies Merchant Navy Awards
1940 UK Air Force List 1940
1942 UK Army List 1942
1942-1946 Far East Prisoners of War 1942-46
1943 Imperial Prisoners of war held in Italy 1943
1943 UK Air Force List 1943
1945 UK Army List 1945
1945-1946 RAF discharges 1945-46
1947 UK Army List 1947
1952 UK Army List 1952
The IWGC/CWGC Registers Collection
The Naval General Service Medal Roll
Pre 1921 MOD retention records
Medieval Records
Gazetted Awards and Mentions in Despatches
Long Service Good Conduct Medal
Schools & Universities Rolls of Service WWI & WWII
Collections with fewer than 10,000 records in them were not listed. Go to Forces War Records' Collections page for links to these additional collections.

Scotland's People[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1857-1965 Soldiers' and airmens' wills Soldiers' wills might also be found in the standard Wills and testaments collection.
1916-1918 Military service appeals tribunal

TheGenealogist[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1407-1997 Regimental Births: 1407-1997
1661-1940 Army Lists 1661-1940
1650-1918 1650-1918 The Record of the Coldstream
1689-1944 Navy Lists 1689-1944
1716-1859 Battery Records of the Royal Artillery, 1716-1859
1747-1980 Army Births & Registers, Marriages and Deaths 1747-1980
1756-1884 Roll of Officiers York & Lancaster Regiment 1756-1884
1811 Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain 1811
1813 1813 Militia List
1815 Campaign Medals 1815
1815 The Waterloo Roll Call
1837-1965 Marine Births 1837-1965
1857-1923 The Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order Records 1857-1923
1862-1914 List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery 1862-1914
1865, 1938 India Lists 1865, 1938
1899-1902 Boer War Casualties 1899-1902
1914-1916 British Roll of Honour 1914-1918
1914-1917 Naval and Military Despatches 1914-1917
1914-1918 National Roll of Great War 1914-1918
1914-1921 War Office List 1914-1921
1914-1919 Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
1914-1919 Naval Casualties 1914-1919
1914-1919 List of British Officers Taken Prisoner, 1914-1918
1914-1919 World War 1 Deaths
1914-1919 The Royal Scots 1914-1919
1914-1919 War Military Service Lists
1914-1920 Roll of Honour 1914-1920
1914-1920 Casualty Lists: Killed, Missing, Other, Wounded
1914-1924 De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1924
1917-1918 War Office Casualty Lists 1917-1918
1918-1959 Air Force Lists 1918-1959
1939-1945 World War 2 Deaths
1947-1980 Air Births, Deaths, & Missing Persons: 1947-1980

The National Roll of the Great War

Bond of Sacrifice

Defense Staff Lists

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations
Medals
Military Court
Muster Books and Pay Lists
POW Records
Regimental Records
War Memorials
The number of records in each collection is unknown. Only collections that apply to the entire British military
were included. Go to TheGenealogist to find additional collections.

Naval and Military Archive[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1815 Men of Battle of Waterloo 1815
1854-2006 Victoria Cross 1854-2006 This database documents every known burial place
worldwide for the recipients of the Victoria Cross.
1899-1902 Boer War Casualties 1899-1902
1914-1918 The National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
1914-1918 British Officers Taken POW Aug 1914 to Nov 1918
1914-1918 Ireland's Memorial Records 1914-1918
1914-1918 Silver War Badge 1914-1918
1914-1919 Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
1914-1919 Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1919
1914-1919 Naval Casualities 1914-1919
1914-1920 Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914-1920
1914-1924 De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1924
1939-1945 Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945
1939-1945 POW Naval & Air Forces of Great Britain & The Empire 1939-45
1939-1945 POW Armies & Other Land Forces of the British Empire 1939-45
POW British Army held in German Camps
These are all of the collections found on the website. Go to the Search for a Soldier page to search for a name. Results can
then be filtered by record collection.

Military Archives (Ireland)[edit | edit source]

Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
1916-1923 Military Service Pensions Collection Can search through Pensions and Awards Files, Organisations and Membership Files, Administration Files, and Medals.
1922 Irish Army Census Records Includes images of the census records.
These two collections are the only two name-searchable databases on the website. Other collections on this website include a military image gallery and unit histories.

The National Archives[edit | edit source]

There are many British army collections found at The National Archives. Many of these collections have been digitized and made available on websites such as FindMyPast and Ancestry. For those only available at the Archives or on their website, click on these research guides to learn more about the records and how to access them:

Other Collections[edit | edit source]

Website Date Range Database Title or Description Comments
Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 Anglo Boer War Name Search Database contains historical and biographical data on soldiers who served in the Boer War, including name, number, rank, biographical information, and unit. It is searchable by name, number, rank, and unit.
Soldiers of the Queen in the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 SOTQ Search Query Database contains data on soldiers who served in the Boer War, including name, number, rank, unit/regiment, and source document. It is searchable by name and regiment.
Roll of Honour 1899-1902 Boer War Events by Persons Name - Search Database contains biographical data on soldiers who served in the Boer War, including name, initials, rank, battalion, regiment, date and place of event, event, family details, awards, biographical details, and source. It is searchable by name, regiment, and place of event.