Catalogue description Indian Army Records of Service

This record is held by British Library: Asian and African Studies

Details of IOR/L/MIL/14/239/1-72481
Reference: IOR/L/MIL/14/239/1-72481
Title: Indian Army Records of Service

The records of service cover mainly European personnel. They include regular officers of the Indian Army, Second World War emergency commissioned officers, departmental warrant and honorary officers, as well as the mediacl services and nurses. Earlier records of service, up to and including the First World War, are incomplete. The files range over a number of Indian Army regiments and corps as well as other groups, Indian Army Corps of Clerks, Chelsea Pensioners, Voluntary Aid Detachments, Indian Medical Service, Women's Auxiliary Corps, Emergency Commissioned officers, and also include a series of confidential reports on persons from these various groups. The files start from around the 1890s (although there are some that are earlier) and end in 1947 or shortly after that date, the majority dating from the 1930s. From the 1890s the India Office's Military Department adopted a modern file-keeping system for holding personal information on servicemen and women in one place rather than in several volumes as had been the practice before. However, papers on the early files may date back to the late 1870s, for example original enlistment documents. Thus they include men and women who served in both the first and second world wars, as well as those who were recruited as normal for service as part of the British Armed Forces in India.

Date: c1901-1947
Related material:

A complete alphabetical index to the opened military files is now available on open access in the Oriental and India Office Collections Reading Room.

Held by: British Library: Asian and African Studies, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Physical description: 20 000 files

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