The service record of an individual will usually provide more detail on them than any other single record. Military service records are held separately for each branch of the military and records of officers are held separately from other ranks. The records themselves vary in the detail they contain, from a full service history, to attestation or discharge papers, or entries in a list or register. This is explained in more detail in the research guides. There are guides for each:
Our guide to Muster rolls and pay lists has information on tracing an individual’s service using entries in regimental records, including those for the British Foreign Legion, Swiss and German nationals (records of the Italian legion no longer survive) recruited specifically for the war.
Consult our guide to Military nurses to find information on army nurses in the Crimean war.
To find records of prisoners of war, see our guide to British prisoners of war or try searching our catalogue.
To find records of Army hospitals, search our catalogue with the search terms hospital and Crimea or nurse.
Royal Navy Surgeon’s journals are found in the series ADM 101, search using terms Crimea, Therapia, Black Sea.
Royal Navy hospital musters are in series ADM 102, search using terms Therapia, Malta, Lewes (prisoners of war), Belle Isle.
In-letters of the Admiralty Sick and Hurt Board are in the series ADM 97, with registers in ADM 132 and indexes and digests in ADM 133.