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This section is here to provide advice to help you begin your own research. It may be beneficial to consider first whether you are hoping to research 1) a person or group of people, 2) a place, 3) a time or event, or 4) an artefact or document, as this may help you refine how you begin your efforts. Remember you can submit a specific enquiry to AMOT via our query form. We ask that those who submit enquiries (and those who don’t!) consider making a modest donation in support of the work AMOT does.

The 141 AMOT regimental and corps museums in the United Kingdom hold a wealth of information about the men and women who served in the regiments and corps concerned. Researchers are advised to contact the appropriate museum, if known, at an early stage in their enquiries. Contact details for all the museums can be found in the Museums Search section of this website. Identification of the correct museum may be helped by reference to the Succession of Titles information provided. If the location of the appropriate museum cannot be determined, researchers are invited to contact the Army Museums  Trust for help.

Imperial War Museum (IWM)  The IWM has no personal service records or official documentation. However it does have a comprehensive reference library of some 125,000 books and pamphlets and some 15,000 volumes of periodicals.

Independent Researchers  This list of Independent Researchers is provided for the benefit of those seeking professional assistance with tracing Army ancestors.

  • Marcus Holt: Specialist military researcher with twenty years experience of researching military and genealogical records from the late 18th Century to the Second World War. For enquiries you are welcome to email me at: marcusholt@hotmail.co.uk
  • Simon Fowler: Professional and authoritative research in military history and military genealogy from 1760 to 1960, specialising in the two world wars. 254A Kew Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3EG. Tel: 07984 897602. email: simon@history-man.co.uk www.history-man.co.uk

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Personnel records & regimental contacts

Army Personnel Centre (APC) MS – Disclosures 2 : Holds all post 1920 Army personnel records. Address: MP535, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX. Tel: 0345 600 9663 / 0845 600 9663. Fax: 0141 224 3172. Email: apc-sp-disclosures2@mod.uk Web: http://www.army.mod.uk/welfare-support/23212.aspx

APC Disclosures 5 (Polish) : For Polish personnel under British command during WW2. Address: Building 1 (Ops), RAF Northolt, West End Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6NG. Tel: 020 8833 8603. Fax: 020 8833 8866. Email: NOR-PolishDiscOffice@mod.uk

Regimental Headquarters – the Guards : For enquiries about Foot Guards – Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards & Welsh Guards. Address: Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ.

Household Cavalry Museum : Address: Horse Guards, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2AX. Tel: 020 7414 2392. Fax: 020 7414 2212. Email: museum@householdcavalry.co.uk Web: www.householdcavalry.co.uk 

Scottish Horse Records : Holds records of the Yeomanry Regiment of the British Army’s Territorial Army from 1902-1956. Please email first if you wish to conduct research. Address: The Community Archive, 12 The Cross, Dunkeld, PH8 0AN. Tel: 01350 727 786. Email: archives@dunkeldcathedral.org

General family history resources

Ancestry : Holds a wide range of genealogical records along with military records including those relating to WW1 and WW2. Web: www.ancestry.co.uk

Find My Past : Holds a wide range of genealogical records along with military records including those relating to WW1 and WW2. Web: www.findmypast.co.uk

Society of Genealogists : Holds a wide range of genealogical records along with military records including those relating to WW1 and WW2. Address: 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA. Tel: 020 7251 8799. Fax: 020 7250 1800. Web: www.sog.org.uk

Archives

British Library (St Pancras) : Holds extensive newspaper, broadcast and web news archive material which is available via its dedicated Newsrooom Research facility. Address: St Pancras Building, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Web: www.bl.uk

British Library (Boston Spa) : Holds extensive newspaper archives. Address: National Newspaper Building, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BQ. Web: www.bl.uk

British Library (Oriental & India Office Records) : Holds pre-1947 records of the governance of India. Address: 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Tel: 020 7412 7873. Email: ior@bl.uk Web: www.bl.uk

The National Archives : Address: Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel: 020 8392 5200. Fax: 020 8878 8905. Email: enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.uk Web: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

National Archives of Scotland : This has now merged with the National Records of Scotland – see www.nrscotland.gov.uk

Commonwealth War Graves Commission : Holds records of war dead and their grave locations between the periods 04/08/1914 – 31/08/1921 and 03/09/1939 – 31/12/1947.  Address: 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX. Tel: 01628 507 200. Fax: 01628 771 208. Email: enquiries@cwgc.org Web: www.cwgc.org

Ministry of Defence PS4(A) (Cas/Comp) : Holds information relating to the provision of military headstones for the graves of recently deceased soldiers. Postal enquiries only. Address: Building 43, Trenchard Lines, Upavon, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 6BE.

Royal Hospital Chelsea : Holds the archive of pensioner records dating back to 1871. Address: Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR. Tel: 020 7881 5200. Web: www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk/tracing-ancestors

Statistical Information

Central Statistics Office Ireland : Holds records for births, marriages, deaths and other associated information in the Republic of Ireland from 1949. Address: Kehard Road, Cork, Ireland. Tel: 00353 21 453 5000 Fax: 00353 21 453 555. Email: webmaster@cso.ie Web: www.cso.ie

Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency : Holds records of births, marriage, deaths and other associated information for Northern Ireland dating back to the 19th Century. Address: McAuley House, 2-14 Castle Street, Belfast, BT1 1SA. Tel: 028 9034 8100. Email: info@nisra.dfpmi.gov.uk

General Register Office : Holds records of births, deaths, marriages and other associated information in England dating back to 1837. Address: PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR 8 2JD. Tel: 0151 471 4200. Web: www.gro.gov.uk

General Register Office for Scotland : Holds records for births, deaths, marriages and other associated information in Scotland dating back more than 400 years. Address: New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3YT. Tel: 0131 535 1314. Web: www.nrscotland.gov.uk and www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Museum Resources

Imperial War Museum : Holds the artefacts & archives which tell the story of people’s experience of war from 1914 onwards. Address: Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ. Tel: 020 7416 5000. Web: www.iwm.org.uk

National Army Museum : Holds the artefacts & archives which tell the story of the British Army and its impact on society, dating back to the 17th Century. Address: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HT. Web: www.nam.ac.uk

Medal Enquiries

Ministry of Defence Medal Office : Takes enquiries and applications for medals (including replacements) and the Veterans badge. Address: Innsworth House, Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 1HW. Email: dbs-medals@mod.uk Web: www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility