How to look for records of... British Army and militia 1760-1915

How can I view the records covered in this guide?

How many are online?

  • All

How do I view these records?

Search and download these records on: logo

You can search and download (£) pre-First World War British Army records and records of the Militia, the part-time voluntary force organised by county.

These are digitised records from a variety of record series held at The National Archives:

  • Royal Hospital Chelsea pension records (WO 97, WO 121, WO 122, WO 131)
  • Royal Hospital Kilmainham pension records (WO 119)
  • South African War Imperial Yeomanry records (WO 128)
  • Militia attestation papers (WO 96)

For more information on what these records contain see