British Army Ancestors goes live!

Posted on: 29, August, 2017

British Army Ancestors - Soldier of the Queen

I am delighted to announce that British Army Ancestors has launched with over 11m searchable records. The aim of this site is that over time it will be THE place to come to to find a photo of British Army soldiers. The current date range is 1850 to 1920 but this will expand over time. The site is easy to search and it is easy to upload images. There are millions of photos of our Britsh Army Ancestors out there. I encourage you to use this site as the central repository for storing these. For my part, I’ll keep adding more data and I will listen to suggestions for site improvement. These men and women sacrificed a lot for their monarch and Empire, the least we can do is remember them.

Search for a soldier

You can search for a soldier from the British Army Ancestors Home Page but you will need to register in order to upload or download images. The registration process and the adding and uploading processes are designed to be quick and efficient. Anybody can search for a record but if you want to upload a photo or view an existing photo in larger-than-thumbnail format you will need to register.

British Army Ancestors: one website, millions of searchable records

There are millions of searchable British Army Ancestors records on this site. These give basic information about the individual concerned; information taken from service records and medal or muster rolls. All records on this site link back to fuller information either on Findmypast or on The National Archives’ site. For the most part you will need to pay to view this additional information.  Links to First World War officers’ records will take you to The National Archives’ website where you should make a note of the archive reference (beginning with  WO 339 or WO 374). You can then call up the original documents at The National Archives or hire a researcher to do this for you.

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Welcome to British Army Ancestors. This is a FREE site. It will always be a FREE site. The vision is one of our vast army of British Army Ancestors brought to life. Search for a soldier. Upload a photograph. Search for another soldier. Upload another photograph. In time, it is intended that this site will become THE place to come to when looking for images of British Army Ancestors.

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SEARCH for a soldier. UPLOAD a photograph. REMEMBER the person. So many people asked me how they could find a photograph of their British Army Ancestor that I decided to create this site. Now it's up to you.Help make British Army Ancestors THE PLACE to come to when looking for photos of British Army soldiers. There are millions of searchable names on this site. Help me put faces to them. SEARCH, UPLOAD, REMEMBER.

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There are over 11 million searchable names on the British Army Ancestors website. Searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to narrow your results. REGISTER in order to upload photographs and download existing images. That's all there is to it. This website will be regularly updated and new features announced via the blog. Thanks for supporting this initiative to put faces to the names of our British Army Ancestors.



Do you own medal roll transcriptions from WO 100 or similar? I am seeking to plug known gaps in this database of British Army Ancestors by adding medal roll transcriptions and other databases to this site, thus adding to the 11m+ searchable names you will find here. Please drop me a line if you would like to contribute:

There are currently 106416 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website