The essential guide to Findmypast's global military records
Findmypast has all the historical resources you need to trace your military ancestors and explore their remarkable life stories.
Many of us have family members who served in the armed forces. You may be aware of their military service through family stories from the two World Wars, or memorabilia and photographs. Perhaps you want to reveal more about their regiment, rank or role, or where they were active. Maybe you're looking for other ancestors with a military past. Whatever the reason behind your quest for family heroes, with millions of online military records, Findmypast is, without doubt, one of the best places you can come to find them.
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What military records are online at Findmypast?
Our military, armed forces & conflict records are divided into several distinct sub-categories:
1. Regimental & service records
2. First World War
As most families have a link to the Great War, this record collection is undoubtedly one of our most popular categories. There are over 80 separate record sets from all over the world in this collection. Highlights include America's World War 1 Draft Registration Cards, Ireland's National Roll Of Honour 1914-1921, the poignant All Australia Memorial and the fascinating WW1 Ships Lost At Sea, 1914-1919.
3. Second World War
4. Service records
5. Other wars & conflicts
6. Medal rolls and honours
If your military relative was awarded for their bravery, you could find them amongst Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards or The London Gazette, Supplements August 1914 - January 1920.
7. Civil war & rebellion
This category includes fascinating records from Ireland's tumultuous history of rebellions including Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 and 1798 Claimants and Surrenders.
8. Boer Wars
Explore Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars to find out if your ancestors were suspected of being spies or interned by the British Government during either World War.
How to search military records
You can access our military records by clicking search on the blue menu on the site and selecting the 'Military, armed forces & conflict' category.
From there, you'll be taken to the dedicated military, armed forces & conflict category search page where you can enter information about your ancestor and search the military records.
Our search page filters allow you to focus your search on a specific country or on any of the above sub-categories.