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Family History

Our archives are not only a rich source for military historians but are also of particular value when researching family history.  

We do not hold service records for people who served in the Royal Artillery as these are held by the MOD and can be accessed at the GOV.UK website here. However, if you know which unit your ancestor was with (Battery, Regiment/Brigade) then we are likely to hold information on the unit’s activities, locations etc.

The following records from our archive are available online via www.findmypast.co.uk. These are for non-officer ranks only:

  • Attestation Ledgers (1880-1942) These are enlistment records of soldiers joining the Royal Artillery. Please be aware that the records do not catalogue all soldiers who enlisted. They give more information for the years before 1929; they are less detailed for later years.
  • Casualty Cards (1939-1947) created for soldiers who died during WW2.

The following records from our archive are available online via www.ancestry.co.uk. Again, these are for non-officer ranks only:

  • WWII Tracer Cards. These give some abbreviated information on the units an individual served with.  They are not held for all Gunners.  The final batch has been put up and these are all now available on Ancestry. 

These research guides from The National Archives are a useful resource for family history research:

If you have an enquiry relating to our Archive, wish to use our research or copying service or would like to arrange a visit please contact the Archivist via our online form.

Please note that due to the current situation our team is working from home and it may take longer to reply to enquiries than usual. We also have extremely limited access to the collection and archive at this time.