Sporting a “quiff”

Posted on: 13, March, 2020
sporting a quiff

“The soldier’s chief pride and glory in the early stages of his career seems to lie in his hair. We have all of us, no doubt, noted the peculiarly natty manner in which he is then wont to dress his locks, and, with his forage cap stuck jauntily on the side of his head, promenades […]


Henry Clifford Howell, 4th Hussars

Posted on: 23, September, 2017

  This superb photo of Henry Clifford Howell dates to the 30th September 1879. Henry had joined the regiment at Birmingham on the 19th November 1878, aged 27 years and five months. This would have been considered old for a first enlistment but his surviving papers note that he had already served seven years and […]


David Mackinlay Potter, 67th Foot

Posted on: 22, September, 2017

David Mackinlay Potter is the latest officer to appear on British Army Ancestors. He was a lieutenant when this photograph was taken, but rose to the rank of major in the 67th Foot. Born in 1845 he was commissioned on the 24th November 1863, promoted to lieutenant on the 8th July 1868, and promoted again […]


Why can’t I find my British Army Ancestor?

Posted on: 3, September, 2017

3586 Staff-Sergeant William Howard was a lance-corporal serving with the Army Ordnance Corps when he was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal (with clasp for Cape Colony) and King’s South Africa Medal (with the usual two year clasps).  However, he does not currently appear on this British Army Ancestors website because a) there is no […]

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These six different avatars that you will find in search results identify the approximate periods of service of the individuals concerned.


On this British Army Ancestors website you will find over 12m records which have been collated from many sources. Search the database to add a photo or search the database simply to discover which records are available. Clicking the dark blue links in search results will take you to original records or transcriptions which are owned by third party partners such as The National Archives or Findmypast where payment may be required. The data on this site currently covers the date range 1850 to 1947.

The avatars on this site are intended as a guide for you and represent the British soldier throughout history. For example, if the red-jacketed soldier appears in your search results, this is an indication that this man probably served between 1850 and 1902.

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There are over 12 million names on the British Army Ancestors website and searching is easy and fast. Use the wildcard asterisk * to focus your search results. Searching is free but you will need to REGISTER in order to upload photographs or download existing images.

This website is regularly updated and new features announced on the British Army Ancestors blog. Remember too to check out the British Army Ancestors Facebook page which features a different person every day.

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NOTE There is also a RESEARCH button against every returned result on this site. Click on this button to find out more about research services for individual soldiers.

There are currently 104112 photos of British Army soldiers published on this website