FindmyPast Free Access to Military Records




  • Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 80 million world military records free for five days
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from the 8th to the 12th November 2017
  • Includes free access to 28.5 million British military records including Service Records for all three service branches, medal indexes, casualty lists, POW records, honour rolls, Pals battalion records and more


London, UK.  

Leading family history website Findmypast has today announced that they will be making their entire collection of world military records free for five days in honour of Remembrance Day 2017.

From 09.00 GMT, 8th November until 23.59 GMT, 12th November 2017, all 80 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family.

This will include free access to:

  • Over 28.5 million British military records.
  • Over 50 million US and Canada military records
  • British Army service records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, and character references from commanding officers
  • Royal Navy service records
  • Royal Air Force service records
  • Over 2.6 million POW records in our exclusive Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection
  • Over 1.1 million WW2 casualty records in our collection of British Army Casualty Lists.
  • Exclusive Pals battalion records covering major cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
  • Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
  • Illustrated Victoria Cross records
  • Over 6 million medals and awards records

Military records are vital genealogical resources, especially during the years of World War 1 when conscription led to most men of military age being sent off to fight. By providing free access to these important documents, Findmypast will enable researchers to uncover highly detailed accounts of their ancestors’ military service including physical descriptions, details of the decorations, promotions or awards they received, where they were stationed, and even their disciplinary and medical records. Findmypast’s extensive collections of POW records, Casualty Lists and Honour Rolls will also help researchers to commemorate the incredible sacrifices made by previous generations in defence of their country.

Free Live Webinar

On Thursday November 9th, Findmypast will be hosting a free Remembrance Day Webinar featuring in-house military expert, Paul Nixon, newspaper expert Aoife O’Connor and special guest, National Archives record specialist Audrey Collins. Viewers will receive expert tips for using Findmypast’s collection of military records and historical newspapers to create detailed profiles of their military ancestor’s lives and Audrey Collins will be taking a detailed look at how the 1939 Register can be an invaluable tool for tracing relatives at the outbreak of World War 2. The Webinar will also include a live Q&A session in which viewers will be invited to submit their questions to the hosts as well as Findmypast’s team of experts.

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