British Military Records

British Military Records

Discover the stories of your relatives who enlisted to fight for their country in the most comprehensive British military record collection online dating back to the 1600s.

Did your ancestors enlist?

Did your ancestors enlist?

Family historians should look to military records often, particularly when an ancestor seems to disappear from census records and during the ages of mechanised warfare where conscription led to almost every man in the country being sent to fight for their country.

With the extra detail contained in records like the ones found on Findmypast a genealogist can understand more about their ancestors and uncover full physical descriptions (vital in an age before photography to help us picture relations), details of where they were sent and even their disciplinary and medical records!

Although for First World War service records, only around 40% of these survive - Findmypast has indexed these with an inclusion of supplementary papers to reveal the details of more soldiers than ever before, giving you more chance of finding details to add to your tree than anywhere else online.

Findmypast doesn't just have access to a wide collection of service records though, you can search for your ancestry in medal rolls, embarkation lists, honour rolls, casualty lists and much more for all branches of the armed forces (Royal Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines). 

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