British Military Records

Find your military ancestors with these links to British military records available online, including Army, Navy and RAF.

  • Forces War Records – Forces War Records is the ONLY site where you can find military records of over 10 Million British Armed Forces personnel exclusively cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships of the British Armed Forces going back to before 1630, making your genealogy task much easier and more complete.
  • British Army Service Records
    More than 8 million documents about the British Army between 1760 and 1939. Find officers and other ranks in 13 different sets of records from The National Archives and the Scots Guards. The records can tell you when your ancestor joined and left the army, as well as details about where he came from and his military service.
  • Military Records – The Genealogist
    Many British records are available on this site.
  • First World War
    The National Archives portal to all their military records relating to WWI.
  • Lives of the First World War
    Join Imperial War Museums and help tell these Life Stories by adding your images, sharing their stories, find their records and adding known facts.
  • British Army Lists
    There are over 200 British army lists viewable on this site ranging from the years 1840-1946. The lists are in book format with each book containing more than 1000 pages. You can view the lists online or download them in PDF and other formats.
  • Naval & Military Archive
    By using the ten important databases on this website it is now possible to find information on most of those from Britain who died in military service in both World Wars.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    A Register of records of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.
  • British Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945
  • The Roll of Honour
    The online Roll of Honour contains the names of members of the Armed Forces who died in military service, on or after 1 January 1948 (and Palestine 1945-47), who are commemorated on the official single service rolls of honour.
  • Roll of Honour
    Find the names of people who fell fighting during conflicts on many war memorials from around the UK.
  • Anglo Boer War
    The objective of this site is to make available information on the Anglo Boer War 1899 – 1902 and to provide a forum for discussion of the many aspects of this conflict.
  • Service Records of Deseased Military Personnel
    You can request records of your ancestors from the government if you can’t find them elsewhere.
  • Forces Reunited
    The largest British Armed Forces Community on the web with over a million members!
  • British Army Soldiers Wills
    Search for the will of a soldier who died while serving in the British armed forces between 1850 and 1986.
  • Royal Air Force Combat Reports
    These records are Royal Air Force combat reports written during the Second World War. They are the official reports which pilots or air gunners filed after they had encountered enemy aircraft on operational flights.
  • British Army Medals
    Find medal index cards and more online at the National Archives.
  • Far East Prisoners of War Database
    Approximately 55,500 names of British POWs are on theFar East Prisoners of War Database, taken from army, navy and air force records.
  • Royal Naval Division Service Records 1914-1920
    The records cover more than 50,000 officers and ratings who joined the Royal Naval Division or who passed through Crystal Palace when it was used as an initial training centre during the First World War.
  • The Long, Long Trail
    A site all about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War.
  • National Memorial Arboretum Roll of Honour
    Search and view details of those who died serving in the armed forces.
  • Prisoners of War 1715-1945
    Together with The National Archives, Findmypast is excited to present its Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection. The records are diverse and varied. The size and the scope of these records make them a fascinating resource for genealogists. The records not only include military personnel, but also civilians, diplomats, missionaries and merchant seamen. We recommend you begin your search with a last name and then narrow your search if necessary. Many of the Prisoners of War records only recorded last names and not all would have included regiments or ranks. Use the keyword search to search the records by Nationality (American, French, Russian etc), Birth place (Baltimore, Sussex, Cherbourg etc) or the names of vessels.
  • World War I Prisoners of War
    This is an international site with British POWs included
  • World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920