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Where can I find armed services records?

Local and family history A-Z > Armed services records

Online records and guides

  • Redcoated soldier drummerThe 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 Discovery
  • 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.
    Ancestry are offering library members access to the Library Edition from home until the end of August 2020.
    Click here to log in with your library card number and PIN.
  • To find the military records on Ancestry Library Edition, click 'Begin Searching' on the Ancestry Library Edition home page
  • At the resulting Search page, scroll down the section on the right hand side headed 'Historical Records' and click on 'military'
  • On the Military page, click on the 'card catalogue' for a full list of the collections which can then be filtered further eg. by location, date etc.
  • 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

Page last updated: 17th June 2020