Search for British Army soldiers who joined the Royal Tank Corps between WW1 and WW2. Learn about your ancestor’s previous military service, uncover useful biographical information and discover when he was discharged.

What can these records tell me?

Each record includes an image of the original enlistment ledgers held at The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library. The amount of information listed varies, but the Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

Service history

  • Date of enlistment
  • Details of previous service, including any First World War service
  • Service number
  • Campaigns fought in
  • Medals awarded
  • Date of discharge and reason for it

Biographical information

  • Name
  • Age
  • Date and place of birth
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Marriage details
  • Names and dates of birth of any children

Key facts about the Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records

  • Over 88,000 soldiers are recorded

  • No officers are included, these are other ranks soldiers

  • The records cover men who enlisted between 1919 and 1934. The enlistments are either:
    - Transfers from the Dragoons, Hussars, Lancers or Machine Gun Corps
    - Direct enlistments
    - Re-enlistments

  • 25% of these soldiers were already part of the British Army and details of previous service are included – the earliest enlistment we’ve found was in 1875

  • Information about a soldier’s First World War or Boer War service is often included

  • Discharges and dates soldiers were killed in action are sometimes also included – the latest we’ve found was in 1951