How to look for records of... Indian Army personnel
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
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?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
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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.