Military records

Military records provide some of your most emotional discoveries. Find the war heroes in your family in our millions of service records, medal records, casualty lists and other Army records and Navy records.

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Naval Service Records1802-1919

These service records are packed with fascinating and useful details about those who served in the Royal Navy. You can discover your ancestors' ranks, whether they applied for pensions or gratuities, and even whether they earned any medals.

The records also include applications to right wrongs, like removing inaccurate accusations of desertion, or gaining discharges for foreigners or apprentices forced into service.

WWII Civilian Deaths1939-1945

These Civilian Death records, 1939-1945, list more than 60,000 civilians who were killed during WWII by enemy action and are commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - a stark reminder of the other side of war. The records list those who lost their lives going about their business in their homes, work or in public places during bombings and air raids.

London was hardest hit so the London boroughs have lengthy casualty lists, but the collection also covers many other places, including Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Norwich and York.

Military Awards1935-1990

Recommendations for Honours and Awards Index, 1935-1990, reveals some of the UK’s most celebrated heroes. It has been released as part of our new Web Search project.

Web Search helps you find certain records that aren’t currently on our site. For example, the Honours and Awards Index is provided by The National Archives, but you can search the index and see detailed transcriptions for free here.

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WWI Service Records1914-1920

Service records are the perfect place to start your search for World War I heroes. They reveal their ranks and regiments, where they served, what medals they received and many more personal details.

This collection, British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920, includes soldiers who either died during WWI or remained in service until the end of the War. Its sister collection, British Army WWI Pension Records, 1914-1920, covers soldiers who were discharged to pension — usually because they were injured.

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WWI Medal Records1914-1920

Just about everybody who served in WWI was due a medal of some sort. As a result, British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 — put together to record what awards each soldier had earned — is the most complete list of Britain's heroes.

If you find a relative received the Distinguished Conduct Medal, you can learn more about the courageous deeds that earned it for them in our separate DCM collection.

Campaign Medals1793-1949

Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949, provides details of more than 2 million soldiers over three centuries of warfare. It lists those who were eligible for a huge variety of campaign medals — which were usually awarded to everyone who fought in particular battles.

You can discover whether your relatives fought in the Napoleonic Wars, The Indian Mutiny, The Crimea or dozens of other conflicts. The two World Wars aren‘t included — you‘ll find the WWI rolls in our separate collection.

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