The following records have been transferred to The National Archives as part of the Ministry of Defence service records project (click on the series links below to search for a record in our catalogue, you may need to search in more than one series, or see the foot of this section for advice on requesting records not yet findable in the catalogue):
Other ranks service records, 1921-1939
These are service records of other ranks discharged from the infantry of the British Army between 1921 and 1939. The majority are for individuals who served during the First World War and who opted to continue their service beyond 1921, but also include those who joined after the war and were discharged before the outbreak of the Second World War. They do not yet include records from the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Cavalry, or Guards Regiments.
These records are not currently available to search on the catalogue, but can be requested by filling in one of the forms available at the foot of this section (charges may apply).
Infantry other ranks and over-age service records, 1939-1963
These are service records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks (but not officers) who primarily served in infantry regiments of the British Army during the Second World War and who were discharged from service because they had reached the upper age limit before the end of their enlistment period or for other reasons were discharged before 1963. It also contains the records of some individuals who served in the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Nurses, as well as some records relating to service prior to the Second World War (see catalogue descriptions for further details).
Search WO 422 and WO 423 by surname, service number and date of birth for the available records.
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, other ranks
These are service records of other ranks who served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) during the Second World War, and who were discharged from service because they had reached the upper age limit before the end of their enlistment period.
The REME was established in October 1942, and was responsible for the maintenance and repair of military equipment. It consisted of skilled tradesmen, many of whom had initially transferred from other units.
Search WO 420 by surname, service number, and date of birth.
Selected smaller corps, other ranks
These are service records of personnel from 12 different smaller units/corps who were discharged from service because they had reached the upper age limit before the end of their enlistment period. The records were originally held at the Bournemouth Combined Manning Record Office.
Search WO 421 by surname, service number, and date of birth and click on the same link for more details about the specific units/corps.
Women’s services in East Africa: nurses and other ranks
This collection consists of a selection of service records for those who served in women’s units in East Africa during the Second World War. They include those who served in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS); East African Military Nursing Service (EAMNS); Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS); Women’s Territorial Service (WTS); and First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY).
Search WO 427 surname, service number, and date of birth for the available records.
This collection consists of the service records of individuals of Chadian origin who had originally served as part of the Third Fighting French battalion of de Marche, part of Free French forces in Africa during the Second World War. The individuals included in this collection had deserted the Free French and were eventually integrated as a Pioneer Company in the British Army.
Search WO 426 by surname, service number and date of birth for the available records.
How to request records that you cannot find in our catalogue
As they have only very recently been transferred, many of the above records are currently unfindable in our catalogue. If you believe that a service record you are looking for is contained within one of the above collections, and you have been unable to find the record in our catalogue in the series listed, you can make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for access to this information using one of the below forms (charges may apply):
Request your own Ministry of Defence personnel record or on behalf of a living data subject
Request a FOI paid search of Ministry of Defence personnel records where the individual is presumed deceased
Request closed Ministry of Defence personnel records where the individual is presumed living