War Office: Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers

WO 42
War Office: Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers

Certificates of birth, baptism, marriage and death, with wills, administrations, statements of services and personal papers of officers and their families, in cases where the officer died on service or on half pay and his widow applied for a pension, or application was made for a child's compassionate allowance.

Most of these were formerly among papers now in WO 43. Eight bundles of similar certificates, 1755 to 1908, have been added from other series.

This series originally comprised 73 bundles. In June 2013, two pieces were added at the end to link to some digitised indexes: WO 42/74 contains the index for the volumes in WO 42/1 -51; WO 42/75 contains the index for 42/52-65.

PLEASE NOTE: Records within this series are available to download free of charge as part of the Digital Microfilm project.


Mostly arranged alphabetically, 1776 to 1881.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Secretary-at-War, 1660-1855
War Department, 1855-1857
War Office, 1857-1964
Physical description:
75 bundles and papers
Access conditions:
Available in digital format and microform only

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