How to look for records of... Soldiers in African forces under British control
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to help you with research into personnel in African armed forces. The records are comprehensive and varied, though sometimes complicated. Whilst some records are available at The National Archives, most material is currently held by the relevant national archive of the country in question. This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
When former British colonies gained independence from the United Kingdom, their governments assumed full responsibility for all records relating to their armed forces, with a few exceptions.
The Imperial Yeomanry was raised in the UK in 1899 specifically for the Second Boer War.
The King’s African Rifles was formed from various East African forces in 1902 and was based in Kenya.
The Royal West African Frontier Force was formed from various West African forces in 1900.
The Royal African Corps was formed in 1800 under Colonel John Fraser.