How to look for records of... First World War
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching British government and military records of the First World War. First World War records are wide-ranging and are kept in a variety of archives. This guide will help you gain a general overview of the main sources of the information that exists, and where to find it.
What do I need to know before I start?
There are many records covering conflicts and wars at The National Archives. Try searching our catalogue with a specific term, name or subject to help focus your search.
There is likely to be some overlap between separate departments on any given subject. For example, a decision made during the First World War may have been informed by the Foreign Office (FO), discussed by the Cabinet (CAB) and Prime Minister (PREM) and then carried out by the Army (WO) and Navy (ADM).