Most of us will have ancestors who have been in the army, navy or air force. You may be able to get your relatives service record.
The Imperial War Museum has guides on:
- Tracing Army Ancestry
- Tracing Merchant Navy Ancestry
- Tracing POWs
- Tracing RFC and RAF personnel
- Tracing Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force Ancestry
- Tracing Royal Navy Ancestry
which are downloadable here:
If your ancestor died in action (since 1914) you will be able to find details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
8.1 Useful web sites for tracing your ancestor’s military history
Contains guides to tracing ancestors in the army
Includes guides to military records
Pictures and lists from war memorials in Cheshire
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds details on all the 1.7 million servicemen and servicewomen who have died on operations since 1914, as well as the 60,000 civilians who have died in bombing raids.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum, the multi-branch national museum of war and wartime life from the First World War, through the Second World War, to the present day.
The Liddle Collection was founded over thirty years ago to collect and preserve first-hand individual experiences of the First World War. The archive includes original letters and diaries, official and personal papers, photographs, newspapers and artwork, as well as written and tape-recorded recollections.
The National Archives has a huge collection of records dealing with Britain’s military history.
RAF Museum at Hendon
The archive collection has been built up through the donation of various types of material by individuals and organisations, in the following categories.
- Personal Papers
- Aircrew logbooks
- First World War casualty cards
- Record cards for aircraft, vehicles, marine craft & aircraft accidents
- Site plans for RAF airfields and non-flying stations
- Building drawings
- Propaganda leaflets
- Air Transport Auxiliary records
- Company papers