Military Records of the UK

Military records can be a very good source of information not only of the soldier but also his family however the wealth of information varies significantly from record to record. They can contain all or some of the following details:-

Many World War 1 records were destroyed in World War 2 when the archive they were they were held was bombed but some have survived. They are available to view off line at the National Archives at Kew Garden for free but can also be searched and downloaded from their website. In addition, the surviving records are available on other subscription sites e.g. Ancestry, FindmyPast, Forces War Records and Fold 3 to name a few.

In the main World War 2 records are not online however, Forces War Records do hold some Regimental records which can give some details. However, you can apply to the Ministry of Defence for service records. These records may contain some or all of the following details:-

Records date from 1920 and may include:

Details of how to apply can be found here:- https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records

There are also specialist record collections held in different archives around Britain:-

Imperial War Museums hold a plethora of records The National War Museum of Scotland The National Army Museum The Museum of Military Medicine

There are obviously other wars and other records but rather than listing them here I found this website which details records and where you can find the records of interest. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/British_Military_Records_Online