The National Archives UK – Digital Microfilm – Military Records

Search and download some of the most popular records. These files are large (some up to 800 pages) so a broadband connection is essential. These documents are currently free of charge to download. These records have not been indexed and so you will need to scroll through the pdfs, much as you would when using a microfilm. The following series of military and naval records on microfilm have been digitised and are available to download as pdf files.

Admiralty Records
• ADM 10: Admiralty: Officers’ Services, Indexes and Miscellanea. Additional finding aid: Indexes to officers’ services held in ADM 9/2-81 and ADM 11/7-8
• ADM 13: Admiralty: Supplementary Records, Additional finding aid: Indexes to passing certificates for engineers held in ADM 13/200-205
• ADM 139: Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement Books. View indexes of the service records of ratings (not officers) who served in the Royal Navy 1853-1872
• ADM 142: Navy Board, Navy Pay Office and Admiralty, Accountant General’s Department: Registers of Seamen’s Wills 1786-1909
• ADM 175: Records of service of the Coastguard 1816-1947
• ADM 188: Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services. View selected indexes of the service records of ratings (not officers) who served in the Royal Navy 1873-1923
• ADM 196: Royal Naval Officers’ Service Records. View indexes of the service records of officers who joined the Royal Navy 1756-1917

Registrar General
• RG 43: General Register Office: Indexes to Miscellaneous Foreign Returns of Births, Marriages and Deaths – Indexes to the non-statutory registers and returns in RG 32 to RG 36, and to certain Army and Statutory registers retained by the Registrar-General.

War Office Records
• WO 42: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers. Certificates of birth, baptism, marriage and death, with wills, administrations, statements of services and personal papers of officers and their families, in cases where the officer died on service or on half pay and his widow applied for a pension, or application was made for a child’s compassionate allowance.
• WO 65: War Office: Printed Annual Army Lists. These official lists give the names of the officers of the several regiments with the dates of their commissions, etc. Lists have been officially posted up with manuscript corrections.
• WO 76: War Office: Records of Officers’ Services. This series comprises records of officers’ services. The records give the different ranks held by the officer and his services, together with certain personal particulars. The dates listed for the series overlap and may not be reliable.
• WO 100: War Office: Campaign Medal and Award Rolls. This series comprises original lists submitted by regiments and units of officers and men entitled to campaign medals and clasps.
• WO 102: War Office: Long Service and Good Conduct Awards, Registers
Download registers of candidates noted for, and recipients of, the Long Service and Good Conduct awards between 1831 and 1953.
• WO 116: Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Disability and Royal Artillery Out-Pensions, Admission Books. Registers of the award of out-pensions of the Royal Hospital Chelsea to soldiers discharged from the Regular Army or the Militia on account of disability.
• WO 117: Royal Hospital Chelsea: Length of Service Pensions, Admission Books. Service pensions books relating to pensions awarded to soldiers for length of service.
• WO 144: War Office: Inter-Allied Armistice Commission: War Diary, and Despatches of Chief of British Delegation 1918-1920
• WO 229: War Office: Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and 21 Army Group, 1943-1945
You can download copies of documents originating with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and 21 Army Group relating to a variety of headquarters responsibilities. View the full list of pieces within WO 229
• WO 338: War Office: Officers’ Services, Index to Long Number Papers, 1870-1922. This series contains the indexes used to identify the Long Number by which the First World War army officer’s service records are organised in WO 339 and also some files in WO 374
• WO 373: Recommendations for Honours and Awards 1935-1990. View whole pieces from WO 373, which contains recommendations for honours and awards, 1935-1990.

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