The National Archives UK – Discovery – Online collections – First World War

Discovery holds 32+ million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and 2,500+ archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download from this site. Use Discovery to search. Enter a surname in the search box and tick Available to download from the National Archives. You can refine your search results by Date, Subject or Collection. Digitised copies of the original records can be downloaded for £1.10 each or accessed on the commercial sites Ancestry or findmypast where indicated*. Records available include:
• British Army medal index cards 1914-1920
• British Army nurses’ service records 1914-1918
• British Army war diaries 1914-1922
• First World War soldiers’ service and pension records (*images on Ancestry)
• Household Cavalry soldiers’ service records 1799-1920
• Merchant seamen registers 1918-1941 (*images on findmypast)
• Merchant seamen’s campaign medal records 1914-1918
• Middlesex military service appeal tribunal 1916-1918
• Prisoner of war interview reports 1914-1918
• Prisoners of war: selected records 1715-1945 (*images on findmypast)
• Royal Air Force airmen service records 1912-1939 (*images on findmypast)
• Royal Air Force officers’ service records 1918-1919
• Royal Flying Corps airmen
• Royal Marines’ service records 1842-1925
• Royal Naval Air Service officers
• Royal Naval Air Service officers’ service records 1906-1918
• Royal Naval Air Service ratings
• Royal Naval Division service records 1914-1919
• Royal Naval Reserve officers’ service records 1862-1964
• Royal Naval Reserve personnel
• Royal Naval Reserve service records 1860-1955
• Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service records 1903-1922
• Royal Navy officers’ service record cards and files c1840-c1920
• Royal Navy officers’ service records 1756-1931
• Royal Navy ratings’ service records 1853-1928
• Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944
• Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps service records 1917-1920
• Women’s Royal Air Force service records 1918-1920
• Women’s Royal Naval Service personnel
• Women’s Royal Naval service records 1917-1919
TIP: Ancestry and Findmypast are available for free, onsite, at some state, public and family history libraries. Check what might be available onsite at a library near you.
TIP: The state libraries of Victoria and Western Australia eResources offers free access to the Discovery service digitised documents.

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