1920 This is a key date for locating service records.
The National Archives at Kew The National Archives at Kew is the principal source of existing pre-1920 official records. However, it should be noted that they are far from complete as more than two thirds of the records covering the period 1914-1920 were damaged or destroyed by enemy action during World War 2. The main military source material, which can be helpful in identifying a soldier’s regiment, can be found in the record classes[link doc]. For soldiers discharged to pension[link doc]. For soldiers NOT killed in service[link doc]. Corresponding records for soldiers killed in service no longer exist.
Additional material for research into officers’ records:
Other than the official service records, other relevant records held by TNA include:
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