Attestation and discharge forms (1790-1925)
Search our catalogue for an attestation form in ADM 157. These were compiled for each Marine on enlistment and show birthplace, previous occupation, physical description and often a record of service.
Please note, this is a search across the entire catalogue description of each record, not just the name. A search for someone called Barnes, for example, may give some results for people born in Barnes.
Narrow your search by using quotation marks to find a person’s full name, such as “John Williams”
Index to attestation forms (1914-1925)
Consult index ADM 313/1-26 if you cannot find an individual’s attestation paper. Failing this, browse ADM 157 and choose the relevant file.
Description books (1750-1940)
Consult description books in ADM 158. These volumes summarise the information given in attestation forms. However they may fill in gaps where the attestation no longer exists and will give a reason and date of discharge.
They are arranged largely by division and then by last name.
To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy (£).