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Findmypast releases new Army service records

Find out more about your military kin

Family historians  can now search the following records on

Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887 (WO121)
Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments 1816-1817 (WO122)
War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War 1899-1902 (WO128)
Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions 1838-1896 (WO131)
The records are made up of soldiers’ attestation forms (completed when the soldier joined the army) and discharge papers (filled in when the soldier left the army) and form part of the WO (War Office) series of records held at The National Archives in Kew. The War Office was the precursor of today’s Ministry of Defence. Unlike many military records of this period, this data set includes ordinary soldiers as well as officers.

This records join the the Militia service records 1806-1915 (WO96) and Chelsea Pensioners British Army service records 1760-1913 (WO97) already published on

The records usually include a combination of the following information:
Biographical information – such as name, age, occupation, next of kin details and information about marriage and children
Appearance – including fascinating details, such as height, chest size, complexion, hair and eye colour and distinguishing features like tattoos and scars
Service history – details of date the soldier joined and left the army, his regiment and rank (including a record of any promotions), campaigns fought, medals awarded, medical history and conduct and character observations

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