Catalogue description Armed Forces Service Records

Details of Division within WO
Reference: Division within WO
Title: Armed Forces Service Records

Armed forces service records containing records of individuals' service in the British armed forces.

Pre First World War and general:

  • Annotated copies of published Army Lists recording officers' services from 1754 to 1900, WO 65-WO 66.
  • Manuscript army lists, 1702 to 1823, WO 64.
  • Records and returns of officers' services, WO 67 and WO 76.
  • Records of the Army Purchase Commission, WO 74.
  • Royal Artillery, WO 69.
  • Royal Garrison Regiment, 1901-1906, WO 19.
  • Local armed forces and the Imperial Yeomanry in the Boer War, WO 126-WO 127.
  • Officers' certificates of births, etc., WO 42.
  • British and Palestine Garrisons, registers of baptisms, banns of marriages, etc., WO 156.
  • Officers Services (including Civilian Dependants and Civilian and Military Staff Appointments), WO 340.
  • Soldiers of the Household Cavalry WO 400.

First World War:

  • Regular Army and Emergency Reserve Officers, First World War, registered in a 'Long Number' series, WO 339, with index to long numbers, WO 338.
  • Temporary commissions and Territorial Army Officers, First World War, WO 374.
  • Non commissioned officers and other ranks, First World War, WO 363-WO 364-WO 400.
  • Women's (later Queen Mary's) Army Auxiliary Corps, First World War, WO 398.
  • Nursing Service Records, First World War, WO 399.

Second World War:

  • Second World War roll of honour, WO 304.
  • Home Guard records, Second World War, WO 409.
  • Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees, Second World War, WO 345.
  • Allied Prisoners of War Hospitals, Thailand and Burma, Second World War, WO 347.
  • Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees held in Camps in Singapore, Second World War, WO 367.
  • Prisoners of War Lists, Second World War, WO 392.
  • German Index cards of British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War, Second World War, WO 416.
  • Army Casualty Lists, 1939-45 War, WO 417.
  • Indian Army Casualties, Second World War, WO 429.
  • Indian Army: Honours and Decorations, British Officers, Second World WarWO 432.

Award of medals:

  • Victoria Cross, WO 98.
  • Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, WO 100.
  • Meritorious Service Awards, WO 101.
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Awards, WO 102.
  • Order of the Bath, WO 104.
  • Royal Red Cross, WO 145.
  • Military Medal, Second World War, WO 326.
  • Albert Medal, WO 327.
  • Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War, WO 329.
  • Volunteer Officers' Decoration and King George V's Coronation Medal, WO 330.
  • Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War, WO 372.
  • Indian Army: General Service Medal, WO 430

Date: 1702-2007
Related material:

For other means of tracing service, provided the regiment is known (muster books), see: For records of service of local armed forces and the Imperial Yeomanry in the Boer War see: Service records post-First World War are retained by the Ministry of Defence for administrative use. A paid enquiry service for relatives exists and enquiries should be addressed to Army Personnel Centre, Historical Disclosures, Mail Point 555, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX.

WO 16

For pension files for service before 1914 see PIN 71

For discharge papers of soldiers discharged to pension prior to the First World War see WO 97

WO 10

WO 11

WO 12

WO 13

WO 14

WO 15

WO 128

WO 129

WO 136

For files of in-pensioners who died while resident at Chelsea Hospital see WO 324

Legal status: Public Record(s)

Army, 1660-

War Department, 1855-1857

War Office, 1857-1964

Physical description: 46 series
Publication note:

For more detailed information, readers should consult the variety of Public Record Office Military Information Leaflets available on army records, as well as two PRO publications, Army Records for Family Historians (Public Record Office Readers' Guide, II, 1992) and First World War Army Service Records in the Public Record Office (1998).

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