Army Lists from 1787, 1798 and August 1878
These Army Lists record the soldiers who were serving in the British Army in 1787, 1798 and the month of August 1878. The records will tell you the soldier's name, rank, regiment and, in some cases, will give extra notes about his Army service.
Grenadier Guards 1656-1874
Search for men who served as Grenadier Guards between 1656 and 1874. The most senior regiment of the Guards Division, the Grenadier Guards were an elite infantry regiment of the British Army.
Hart's Army List 1840 and Hart's Army List 1888
Search Hart's Army List 1840 and Hart's Army List 1888. These are unofficial lists and follow a similar format to the other army lists.
Indian Army & Civil Service List 1873
A list of Indian Army Officers and civil servants (legal, professional and ecclesiastical) including retired, pensioned and deceased civil and military personnel (officers). The East India Register & Army List 1855 provides similar information.
Peninsula Medal Roll 1793-1814
The names of over 26,000 men are listed in the Peninsular Medal Roll. Records generally include first name, last name, rank and regiment, number of clasps, particulars of clasps and remarks.
Waterloo Roll Call 1815
Search for men who fought in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and received the Waterloo Medal. The Waterloo Medal was awarded to any soldier of the British Army who took part in one or more of: the Battle of Ligny (16 June 1815), the Battle of Quatre Bras (16 June 1815) and the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815). Find out each soldier's regiment and folio number, plus in many cases detailed information about their service.
Begin with the basics
The name of the person you are searching for may not be recorded in the way you expect. Henry John Davies, for example, may have been recorded as Henry Davies, Henry J Davies, H Davies, or even H J Davies. We would therefore suggest that you initially search using their last name only. If you receive too many results, you can then add a first name to narrow them down.
If you don’t find the result you want first time, it is worth trying every possible variation in the first name field. If you’ve included a middle name in your search, try searching the first name only.
Your ancestor might have used a different first name in everyday life from the one that appears on official records. For example, your great-uncle Jack’s birth name might have been John. If you can’t find someone recorded under the name you expect, try variations of that name. And if you still can’t find your ancestor using their full forename, try entering their first initial instead.
We’ve added an ‘Include variants’ tickbox next to the ‘Last name’ field to allow for common differences in spelling or incorrect spelling. For example, if you search for the name ‘Foakes’ while ticking the variants option, you may also get results for ‘Folks’, ‘Fookes’, ‘Forkes’, ‘Foukes’, ‘Foulkes’ and ‘Fowkes’.