Photograph of Indian soldiers (Catalogue reference: CN 11/6)

This is a brief guide to researching Indian army records during British rule. The vast majority of these records are currently held by the British Library.

This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it or more information about it.

  • What records can I see online?

    • There are no significant collections of Indian army records online.

  • What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?

    • There are no significant collections of Indian army records available at The National Archives.

  • What other resources will help me find information?

Did you know?

Before 1947, the Indian Army was made up of both European officers and Indian soldiers.

The British Army was also present in India, alongside the British Indian Army.

Before the formation of the Indian Army in 1859, the Honourable East India Companyan English trading company which had administrative and military responsibility in India before direct rule in 1858 raised and maintained its own army which consisted of both indigenous and European troops.