This series consists of microfilm copies of service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks who were discharged from the Army and claimed disability pensions for war service between 1914 and 1920 and did not re-enlist prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. The records are unlikely to contain information on individuals who did not claim a war pension. In addition, there are paper cards containing medical information of specific individuals.
The microfilms were produced by volunteers of the Genealogical Society of Utah under an agreement with the Ministry of Defence.
Electronic images of the microfilm can be searched online through our partner website.
The provenance of these records is important in understanding that they are unlikely to contain any papers for men who were either killed in action and had no dependants or who were discharged as part of the demobilisation at the end of the war and did not claim a pension. For this reason, readers should be aware that there is a substantial possibility that the records of service they seek do not survive in this series.
If readers cannot locate a soldier's record, it may also be because it has not been stored or filmed in the correct alphabetical order. Files discovered out of order after their letter series had been processed were filmed and placed at the end of the series (WO 364/4913-4915). Alternatively, a file may have been out of order when filmed due to either a misspelling or misreading of a soldier's surname; for example, the record for a soldier of the first or second name Stanley may have been filed and subsequently filmed with soldiers of that surname, whilst a file with the surname Allan may been stored with the surname Allen, similarly if the surname was double barrelled and misread and so on.
In addition, some soldiers did not record their first name on their service forms and instead used an initial, or a diminutive such as Bob or Bill. In the absence of a comprehensive nominal index, readers will need to think of possible alternatives if they are unsuccessful in their first attempt to locate a soldier's record, however, they should also bear in mind that there is a strong possibility that the record of service may not survive in this series.
Readers should note that files for surnames beginning with the prefixes Mc and Mac have been arranged together at the start of the letter M in alphabetical order of the next letter; e.g. McSwiggan will be found next to MacSwiggan. However, surnames beginning with the prefix O' have been filmed and listed in alphabetical order amongst other surnames beginning with the letter O; e.g. O'Dell can be found next to Odell.
During the filming, a number of boxes of files were filmed out of sequence and where this has occurred (letters R, S, T and W) the surname range for both boxes filmed on a reel has been listed.
WO 364/5000-5804 form a separate collection formerly known as the 'Third Collation' (the other two collations being in WO 363 and that material already in WO 364). The collection consists of records similar to those already in WO 364, namely material relating to soldiers who claimed a disability pension for First World War service.
WO 364/5805-7197 consist of medical cards that were located in 2012. These cards had been part of the series that was damaged or destroyed in 1940 - however they had been refiled for administrative purposes prior to the war and had either survived the fire or were located in another storage facility that was not bombed.