Sites for those interested in tracing their military ancestors


Prisoners of War

Behind the Wire .
There are few surviving records of POWs but this site has a searchable database of what is available by Name, Regiment or Camp.

The Red Cross.
The Red Cross provides a service to search for POW records but only for those applying in writing. Details are here

Interviews with POWs.
From the National Archives

Service Records

Royal Naval Seamen 1873-1923.
Royal Navy Seamen's records, non officer crew members who served between 1853 and 1923

Women's Army Auxilliary Corps.
Records held at the National Archives

Royal Naval Division.
Seamen who fought as soldiers during WW1. Records held at the National Archives

Marines & Soldiers Serving in the Australian Colonies 1787 - 1870
Database of the Service of men posted to Australia. Their role was to protect the inhabitants by acting as a police force and to keep law and order


WW1 National Archives Medal Index
Some 5.5 million Medal Index Cards are on-line and freely searchable. Details of rank regiment, medals are free but a download of the document is chargeable (except at TNA)

WW2 Merchant Seamen's Medals.
Lists medals issued to merchant seamen during WW2. Medals had to be claimed and were not automatically issued. Each entry gives details of name, medals, ribbons and clasps issued together with discharge date and date & place of birth.

The Orders & Medals Research Society.
Society interested in researching medals and awards

Holders of the Victoria Cross.
Records held at the National Archives


British Army Museums .
Gives details of the museums throughout the country and their holdings

Royal Navy Museum.
Some material is available search on-line


Commonwealth Graves Commission
The site allows you to search for the graves of men killed in the two world wars (and some others) The information may contain date of death, place of death, rank and service, known monument and sometimes family information.

Buckinghamshire Remembers.
War Memorials of Bucks with the stories behind the men listed

Army Ancestors Research

The British Army Museum Site
gives some useful advice on sources of Army Records


The Boer War.
Lists of Men and their awards

The Battle of Trafalgar.
Lists of about 21,000 men, with rank/rating & birthplace

World War 1.
Site for the Great War Society, one of the best WWI Resources available

Ministry of Defence.
Links to other sources of historical data