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Where can I find armed services records?

Local and family history A-Z > Armed services records

Online records and guides

  • The Ministry of Defence has a website Veterans UK which acts as the single point of contact within the ministry for veterans and their dependants who are seeking help, information and advice. The site includes information about medals and service records and also includes links to many veterans' organisations
  • You can search numerous types of records at National Archives Documents Online. At the left of the page under 'Browse categories', click 'Family history' to see the list of types
  • There are web sites giving details of war memorials, rolls of honour, war graves and more in Armed services on Weblinks
  • For more information, see the detailed online research guides at National Archives Research Guides. For the First World War there are more concise guides at Service records for the First World War

Online records on Ancestry web site

  • There are several databases of military records on the Ancestry web site
  • The Ancestry web site is available by subscription at or you can search Ancestry Library Edition free at any Bedfordshire library. The log in link is at A-Z local and family history
  • To find the military records on Ancestry Library Edition, click 'Search' near the top left of the Ancestry Library Edition home page, then scroll down and click 'UK and Ireland', then click 'England'
  • At the resulting page, scroll down to the section headed 'England Historical Records', then scroll down to the subsection headed 'England military', then at the end of that subsection click 'View all...England military'
  • The databases of military records on Ancestry Library Edition include, among others:
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Pension Records, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918
UK Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918

Bedfordshire records and printed guides

Redcoated soldier drummer


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