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Although we may not be able to assist you with your enquiry, there are places that may be able to assist you in your particular area of research.

These being of the ranks of Private, Lance Corporal, Corporal, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant and Warrant Officers Class One and Two (Squadron and Regimental Sergeant Major).

These being of the ranks of Second Lieutenant to Field Marshal.

Please note that there are some ranks which have been replaced over time, such as those of Brigadier-General, and Cornet, although the rank of Cornet still exists in the Household Cavalry.

The official service records from these years are held at the National Archives at Kew.

Please bear in mind, however, that two-thirds of service records of the First World War and just afterwards were destroyed during the bombing of London during the Second World War.

The service records for officers whose service ended after April 1922 and soldiers whose service ended after January 1921 are held by the Historical Disclosures department of the Army Personnel Office. Information from these records can be requested under the Ministry of Defence publication scheme, but there are strict guidelines of what information can be viewed and by whom.

For full information on how to request information from Historical Disclosures – Army Personnel Office, please consult the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

These printed annuals list all serving officers within their corresponding regiments from 1752 onwards and exist in several locations. The National Archives in Kew contains a comprehensive selection, as does the National Army Museum in Chelsea and the National War Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh Castle. Some Regimental Museums have selected lists and in Edinburgh the Central Library also contains a good selection.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a list of many of those buried within their cemeteries as well as those remembered but that have no grave.

Held in the Scottish National War Memorial within Edinburgh Castle, these Rolls of Honour contains the names of all Scots servicemen and women from all the Armed Services, the Dominions, Merchant Navy, Women’s Services, Nursing Services and civilian casualties of all wars from 1914 to date.

Between 1692 and 1955 all Army pensions were authorised and administered by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

  • In-Pensioners

These were and are individuals that opted to surrender their Army pension in order to live inside the Royal Hospital.

  • Out-Pensioners

These were and are individuals who opted to live at home and collect an Army pension which was paid initially by attendance to the Royal Hospital but later locally. Historically, both categories were referred to as ‘Chelsea Pensioner’, or something similar, on official documents.

The archives of the Royal Hospital Chelsea contain some of the records of In-Pensioners post 1871 while those that are pre-1871 are held in The National Archives. All Out-Pensioner records prior to 1921 are held in The National Archives in Kew with those post-1921 held by the Army Personnel Office at Kentigern House in Glasgow.

Miscellaneous Resources

The following resources may assist those wishing to undertake research into The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards as well as that of other Regiments.

The Ogilby Trust

A charitable trust which supports the network of British Army Regimental Museums.

National Army Museum

Contains an comprehensive collection of ‘Army Lists’ in addition to regimental histories and other historical material.

Imperial War Museum

A large reference library comprising some 125,000 books and pamphlets in addition to 15,000 volumes of periodicals.

Indian Army – British Library

Records of the Officers and Other Ranks of the East Compan’y armies and of the Indian Army (1861-1947)

Ministry of Defence Medal Office

The MOD Medal Office is responsible for the medals authorised by Her Majesty The Queen for presentation to British Service personnel.

Ancestry Today

One of a number of  subscription based websites, which could potentially be useful to those researching historic records for British service personnel.

General Register Office for Scotland

This website contains census records, Statutory Registers, Old Parish Registers, Catholic Registers, valuation rolls, soldiers’ wills and wills and other wills and testaments.

Armed Forces Memorial – Roll of Honour

Located at National Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire, the Armed Forces Memorial contains the names of 16,000 servicemen and women killed since the Second World War.