Who Do You Think You Are?
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
These pages give a quick rundown of some of the British Army and Royal Navy sources available within The National Archives at Kew. Some are available free via its online catalogue Discovery ( discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk); others have been digitised by commercial partners. You can currently download, free of charge, digital microfilm copies of admission books from the Royal Hospital Chelsea for pensions awarded to soldiers for length of service between 1823 and 1913 (WO117), for example. Remember that if a soldier died in service, and did not receive an army pension, then it is much less likely that there will be any detailed record of his service.