Unit war diaries from the Western Front, Mesopotamia and Gallipoli, 1914–1922
Search by unit name and number for the war diaries of British Army units that served on the Western Front and in Mesopotamia on our website (£) and for units that served in the Gallipoli Campaign at the Dardanelles on Ancestry.co.uk (£).
See below for advice on searching for the war diaries of units that served elsewhere in the world during the war.
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.
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.
First World War British Army Lists
Search the British Army Lists 1882–1962 by name on the Fold3 website (£) – you can search the lists at Ancestry.co.uk (£) but for images of the lists you will need to go to Fold3.com. 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)
Prisoner of war records, 1914–1918
See our guide to records of British prisoners of the First World War for details of the prisoner of war records available online.
Birth, marriage and death certificates (1755–1908)
Search certificates of marriage, death, burial and the birth of officers’ children in WO 42 (1755–1908) on Ancestry. Some records from the late nineteenth century could relate to First World War officers.
The records can also be browsed, but not name searched, in our catalogue and downloaded. There are printed index books to these records in the reading rooms at The National Archives at Kew.