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MOST VALUABLE BRITISH ARMY RECORDS FOR OFFICERS 

Several War Office (W.O.) class record exist for officers and their families which do not have indexes or are not alphabetically arranged and thus are not mentioned in the above section.  This list provides quick identification of records which have an extensive coverage for much of the British Army as a whole but which lack an index or alphabetical arrangement.  Listed below by title and W.O. class numbers, these are only a few of the more significant record collections within the War Office class records which can be consulted for research.  These records provide information about army personnel and their families. 

Be sure to do a Place-names search in the Catalog at www.familysearch.org for the country of settlement, as many compiled books exist pertaining to British military personnel, i.e. "New Zealand - Military".  Unless otherwise indicated, the records listed below by title and W.O. number are located at The National Archives in England. 

  1. Regimental Registers of births and baptisms, marriages and burials, 1760-1924
  2. Chaplains' Returns of births, marriages and burials:1796-1880
  3. Monthly Returns (Station Returns): W.O. 17, 1759-1865
  4. Royal Chelsea Hospital Pension Returns:  W.O. 22, 1842-1883
  5. Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Registers, etc.:  W.O. 23, 1702-1933
  6. Royal Chelsea Hospital, Chelsea Registers, etc.:  W.O. 25, 1660-1878 (FHL has some)
  7. Establishments for Half-pay:  W.O. 24, 1686-1829
  8. Ireland Commission & Succession Books:  W.O. 35, 1775-1831
  9. Certificates of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths & Burials, Wills, & other personal papers:  W.O. 42, 1755-1908 (FHL has some)
  10. Quarter Books:  W.O. 54, 1594-1883
  11. Records of Officers' Service (whole military):  W.O. 76, 1790s to 1800s (FHL has many)
  12. Royal Military College, Sandhurst:  W.O. 99 (records at Sandhurst Military College, Berkshire)
  13. Campaign Medal Rolls:  W.O. 100, 1793-1912
  14. Medals & Awards; Long Service & Good conduct:  W.O. 102, 1831-1902
  15. Miscellanea Submission Papers:  1803-1914
  16. South African War Papers:  Returns of Officers, NCO's & soldiers, W.O. 108, 1899-1902
  17. Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners (for long service):  W.O. 117, 1823-1913
  18. Royal Chelsea Hospital Admission Books - Outpensioners (Disability) Records:  W.O. 116, 1715-1913
  19. Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Out-Pensions Records - Admission Books (& some Discharge Books):  W.O. 118, 1704-1862
  20. Royal Hospital Kilmainham Discharge Documents of Pensioners - Out-Pensions Records:  W.O. 119, 1783-1822
  21. Royal Hospital Chelsea Regimental Registers of Admissions - Out-Pensions (includes Militias):  W.O. 120, 1715-1857
  22. Royal Chelsea Hospital Out-Pensions - Discharge Documents of Pensioners:  W.O. 121, 1782-1813
  23. Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst - Register of Cadets:  W.O. 151, 1806-1946
  24. Royal Hospital Chelsea - Prize Records:  W.O. 164, 1720-1899
  25. Pay Master General Army Establishment Retired Pay & General Officers' Pay & Allowance:  PMG 3, 1813-1920
  26. Pay Master General Army Establishment Retired Pay & General Officers' Pay & Allowance:  PMG 4, 1737-1921
  27. Pay Master General - Commissariat Half Pay:  PMG 5, 1834-1855
  28. Pay Master General - Army Establishment; Ordnance, Half Pay, Pensions, etc.:  PMG 12, 1836-1875
  29. Pay Master General - Army Establishment; Miscellaneous Books: PMG 14, 1756-1772; 1797-1861

 

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