Selected unit war diaries, 1914-1922
Use our guide to unit war diaries of the British Army to search for the diary of the unit in which an officer served (£). Not all unit war diaries are available online.
Read our guide on British Army operations in the First World War for guidance on how to search for war diaries which are not viewable online.
Campaign medal index cards, 1914-1920
For details of First World War campaign medals awarded to both officers and other ranks, search and download (£) British Army medal index cards (WO 372) from our catalogue. These cards provided an index to the medal rolls (see below).
Not all officers applied for their campaign medals. If an officer did not apply, there will be no medal index card.
Campaign medal rolls, 1914-1920
Search by name, regimental number and regiment the campaign medal rolls (WO 329) on Ancestry (£). You may find abbreviations on a roll entry – some of these abbreviations are explained in our guide to British Army medal index cards.
The campaign medal roll usually contains the same information as the medal index card, but it may also provide the battalion or equivalent unit number.
Silver War Badge rolls, 1914-1920
Search the Silver War Badge rolls (WO 329) on Ancestry (£) by recipients’ name or by badge number.
The badge was awarded to all of those military personnel who were discharged as a result of sickness or wounds contracted or received during the war, either at home or overseas.
Recommendations for military honours and awards, 1935-1990
Search the recommendations for military honours and awards (£) to personnel of the British Army and dominions’ armies (WO 373). Each recommendation provides a summary of the action or deed carried out by the person who earned the award. They include, but are not limited to, recommendations for the following honours and awards:
- Victoria Cross (VC)
- George Cross (GC)
- CBE, OBE and MBE
- Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
- Military Cross (MC)
Official announcements of commissions and gallantry awards in the London Gazette
Search the London Gazette, the official journal of the British government, on The Gazette website for announcements of British Army officers’ commissions and gallantry awards.
British Army casualty lists, 1939-1945
Search the daily British Army casualty lists (WO 417) on Findmypast.co.uk. These cover British Army officers, other ranks and nurses. They state the individuals’ rank, service number, date of becoming a casualty and type of casualty. It sometimes gives the unit/battalion number – you can use this to locate a unit war diary.
The term ‘casualty’ covers anyone in the British Army who was killed, wounded, missing, or was a prisoner of war.
First World War British Army Lists
Search the Army Lists 1882-1962 by name at Ancestry.co.uk (£). These online versions include all the First World War lists, originally published at monthly or quarterly intervals.
Monthly Army Lists contain lists of officers by regiment and include details of:
- promotions and appointments
- deaths of officers, with date and cause
- regiment’s location
Quarterly Army Lists feature lists of regular army officers by rank in seniority order and include details of:
- promotions, with dates
- gallantry medals
- war service since April 1881 (in January issue only, 1909-1922)