Over 1.4 million records released in association with The National Archives have been added to our collection of British Army Service records to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The collection now includes the records of Officers who served during World War 1 and men who served with the famous household cavalry between 1801 and 1919.


Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast's British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards. The latest series to be added to the collection include:

WO 76 - Regimental records of officers' services 1775-1914 – a collection of service records pertaining solely to officers.

WO 400 - The Household Cavalry 1801-1919 - The Household Cavalry is the oldest and most senior units in the British Army, dating back to 1600, and are the Queen's official bodyguards. These regimental records will provide you with your ancestor's service history.

WO 22 - Royal Hospital Chelsea: returns of payment of Army and other pensions 1842-1883 -documents related to pensions paid by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

WO 23 - Royal Hospital Chelsea: admission books, registers, and papers 1702-1876 – a collection of superannuation books created to administer pensions payable by the commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to both in-pensioners and out-pensioners.

WO 339 - Officers' services, First World War, regular army and emergency reserve officers - transcripts created from records and correspondences related to officers in the regular army and the emergency reserve during the First World War.

WO 374 - Officers' services, First World War, personal files - an index of men who served as officers in the British Army during the First World War.