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.
British Army Lists
Search the 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 from the Second World War
See our guide to records of British prisoners of the Second World War for details of the POW records available online.