Source Information

Ancestry.com. UK, Officer Service Records, 1764-1932 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2019.
Original data: WO 76: War Office: Records of Officers' Services, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, Tel: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266.

About UK, Officer Service Records, 1764-1932

Historical Context

The British military can be divided into two clear tiers - officers and other ranks. Officers hold the positions of command and authority within the military and are often in a different uniform to other ranks servicemen. Officer ranks include all commissioned positions from Lance Corporal up to General and Field Marshal.

This Collection

This collection comprises service papers for officers in the British military for the years 1764-1932. Records often include information about the officer's family and details of his service history.

The following information can be found, where available:

  • Name
  • Name of relative(s)
  • Relationship to serviceman
  • Place and date of birth
  • Place and date of death
  • Age
  • Place and date of enlistment
  • Place and date of discharge
  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Regiment and unit
  • Service rank
  • Service number
  • Marriage date