Military lists

Military lists can help if you are researching ancestors who were in Britain's armed forces.

These publications can provide information about the units that individuals served in, but you should be aware that most of these directories only list officers.

At the National Library of Scotland we hold:

  • The official Army List from 1714
  • The Navy List from 1804
  • The Air Force List from 1919
  • Some militia listings
  • The muster roll of the Jacobite Army.

You can use these lists in conjunction with published regimental histories and the 'London Gazette', 'Edinburgh Gazette' or 'Belfast Gazette', which list officer commissions and awards for gallantry.


British military lists online

Some of the British military lists are available online.

They provide details of officers who served in the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force during the First and Second World Wars.


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