Researching Military Records

The Family History department at Central Library can help you find information about Military Records.

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General Records:

A vast collection of Army, Navy and Air Force service records is available at the National Archives in Kew. Some records can be accessed online such as military and defence documents, World War I medals, soldier records and pension records.

Access to The London Gazette can also be a useful resource.

Overseas Births, Marriages and Deaths Indexes:

These indexes can be viewed on microfiche in the Local Studies and Family History Library. They contain war deaths, regimental records, marine and air records as well as births, deaths and marriages recorded by HM Forces, British Consuls and High Commissions around the world.

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World War II Records:

The Army Roll of Honour for World War II is available on CD-Rom in the Local Studies and Family History Library.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two World Wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

The full version of the Ancestry database is available in Milton Keynes Libraries and contains listing of World War II British Army Prisoners of War 1939-45.

The following books are available in the Local Studies and Family History Library:

  • Britain and the Empire 1939–1945
  • Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Great War 1914-1920
  • Home Guard List 1941
  • Prisoners of War: Naval & Air forces of Great Britain and the Empire 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of War : British Army 1939–1945
  • Prisoners of War : Armies In Other Land Forces Of The British Empire 1939–1945
  • RAF Bomber Command Losses 1939-1945
  • RAF Fighter Command Losses World War II
  • Roll of Honour Land Forces World War II

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World War I Records:

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914–1919 is available on CD-Rom in the Local Studies and Family History Library. There is also a hard copy (20 volumes) to view.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two World Wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated.

The full version of the Ancestry database is available in MK libraries and contains listing of World War I British Army Prisoners of War 1914-18 and Service Records.

The book Death Sentences passed by military courts of the British army 1914-1924 is available in the Local Studies and Family History Library.

War Memorials:

The following web sites have search facilities to trace the names of those who died during the World Wars that appear on war memorials:

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South African (Boer) War Records:

The Local Studies and Family History Library has the following books:

  • Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902
  • South African War Casualty Roll – 20 Oct 1899–26 Oct 1900 Natal Field Force
  • South African War Casualty Roll – 14 Oct 1899–June 1902 The South African Field Force

Battle of Trafalgar:

The book Men of HMS Victory at Trafalgar is available in the Local Studies and Family History Library.

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

The Local Studies and Family History Library holds a small collection of chronicles concerning the regiment. More information about the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry can be found on Wikipedia.

Military Museums in the UK

The Army Museums website is approved by the Ministry of Defence as the definitive guide to the regimental and corps museums of the British Army spread throughout the United Kingdom.

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Last Updated: 14 May 2019