Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

13/7/2004

British Army Lists

The broad outline of an army officer’s career can be discovered fairly easily by using the Army List. The National Archives holds a set of this from 1759 to date in the Microfilm Reading Room.

Manuscript lists of Army Officers were kept from 1702-1752 (WO 64 ). There is an index in the Research Enquiries Room. The first official Army Lists was published in 1740.

Although we talk about the Army List, there are in fact six separate series with that name, plus Hart’s Army List. For each year between 1798 and 1951, there are two (and sometimes three) series of Army List available. The different series vary in format and content,

more can be found at http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/Leaflets/ri2017.htm and at the link on the rhs

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