Photograph of men of Green Howards Regiment, 1961 (Catalogue reference: INF14/423/24)

This is a brief guide to researching records of British army regiments. Regimental records are varied, sometimes incomplete and can be complicated. They are held in a variety of places. 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. This guide is for people interested in regiments themselves as opposed to those interested in finding a specific person.

  • What do I need to know before I start?

    • Try to find out:

      • the identity (name and number) of the regiment
      • a date range and location to help focus your search
  • What records can I find in other archives and organisations?

    • The National Army Museum

      Visit the National Army Museum's website for more information on what records they hold on British army regiments.

    • Regimental museums and other records held locally

      The National Archives' catalogue has details of collections held by over 2500 archives across the UK. Search our catalogue using keywords to find records held in regimental museums and local archives. You may need to refine your results using the filters.

Did you know?

Regiments are likely to have changed their identities and merged with other regiments throughout their history. Due to name changes and amalgamations, it can sometimes be complicated to trace a regiment and its records.

Each regiment has its own place in the hierarchy - known as the 'regimental order of precedence' - which can affect how its records are organised in relation to those of other regiments.

Local archives and regimental museums hold a wealth of information on specific army regiments. You can find the correct repository through the Find an archive database.