How to look for records of... Indian Army personnel

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This is a brief guide to researching Indian army records during British rule. The vast majority of these records are currently held by the British Library.

This guide will help you to find out if the information you are looking for exists and, if it does, where to find it or more information about it.

What do I need to know before I start?

Try to find out:

  • the name of the person
  • their regiment and rank
  • a geographical location and date range to focus search

What records can I see online?

There are no significant collections of Indian army records online.

What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?

There are no significant collections of Indian army records available at The National Archives.

What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

Indian army service records

Contact the British Library for information on Indian Army service records held in the Asia, Pacific and Africa Collection. These also include records of the Honourable East India Company.

What other resources will help me find information?


Search the India Office Family History Search database for births, baptisms, marriages and deaths of mainly European people in India from about 1600 to 1949.

Did you know?

Before 1947, the Indian Army was made up of both European officers and Indian soldiers.

The British Army was also present in India, alongside the British Indian Army.

Before the formation of the Indian Army in 1859, the Honourable East India Company raised and maintained its own army which consisted of both indigenous and European troops.