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Armed Services

Army Museums
The Army Museums Ogilby Trust is the only national organisation that represents, supports and promotes the regimental and corps museums of the British Army. It supplies contact details for 136 regimental museums

British Military Nurses
Brief overview of each of the nursing services giving some idea of the chances of records surviving for women who served between 1875 and 1925. For women who entered the service after the end of the Great War, surviving records are still held by the Ministry of Defence, and are not likely to be released into the public domain until at least 2015. Site gives details of how to apply for records of women who served during the Second World War

Center for Research Allied POWS Under The Japanese
Aims to provide a primary source of documentation for all Allied prisoners of the Japanese during WWII, to determine what each man's unit was at capture then to record what camps he was taken to and where he was rescued. Where possible, it will provide rosters of ships, and, if a man perished, where, when and how.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Search for place of burial or commemoration of the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars

Includes 'Soldiers died in the Great War' database and other major military records

Gazette Awards and Accreditation Notices
Details of military promotions, medals and other items of interest in the London, Edinburgh or Belfast Gazette. The site can be searched by name, date or event

GOV.UK How to Get Service Records
A single point of contact within the Ministry of Defence for information about medals and service records.

Imperial War Museum - Family History
Details of sources in the museum and family history research guides for the Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, POWs, Army, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force and Second World War Home Front

Medals - campaigns, descriptions and eligibility
Information form on medals awarded to service personnel and civilians in recent times with an explanation of who can receive them.

National Archives: Research Guides
List of research guides including guides to the records of people in the armed services. Click a title to see the full text.

Naval and Military Archive
A military history and genealogy web site with coverage of hundreds of reference sources.
Includes information on Navy casualties, war diaries, events, ships and campaigns. Also has an enlarged and corrected version of the original HMSO British Vessells Lost at Sea 1914-1918.

Roll of Honour
Aims to give information from as many war memorials in the UK as possible

Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Museum
Museum holds unrivalled collection of photographs, documents, records, equipment, artifacts and memorabilia covering the history of the ROC. Museum holds the official service record cards for past members and operates a Search service for those wishing to research former members (subject to a valid reason). Also has the complete official index of holders of the ROC Medal.

Service Lists at the British Library
Guide to the service lists for the army, navy and air force held at the British Library, available at their Reading Room.

The Long, Long Trail: the Story of the British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918
Includes a useful section on how to research a soldier of the British Army.

The Soldier in Later Medieval England
The online muster roll database currently holds just under 94,962 service records. These are taken from muster rolls, housed in The National Archives (TNA), for the years 1369 - 1453.

The Victoria Cross
Included in this web site on the Victoria Cross you will find an index of individual VC holders' names and a list (by county & by country) of the location of graves of VC holders in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the rest of the world

The War Graves Photographic Project
The aim of The War Graves Photographic Project is to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, MoD grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day and make these available within a searchable database.

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