For information about how to find medal records for British servicemen go to our page at: British WW1 Medal Records 1914-1920 This book offers an introduction to the Service Records which survived damage in the Second World War for soldiers and non-commissioned officers.
There is information about searching the Officers' Service Records which were released in 1998 and held at the National Archives.
The Service Records of officers who served in the First World War, and which have survived to date, number approximately 217,700.
In addition, militaria such as headress badges, buttons, photographs of uniforms, soldier's trunks, paybooks, letters, colours, and medals with clasps can provide proof of ancestral links.
Medals can have the soldier's number on the rim of the medal itself.
The index at WO 338 can be viewed free of charge on microfilm at the National Archives.
The Service Records of 77,799 individuals include officers with a Territorial Army commission or a temporary commssion. For information about the surviving Service Records for British Army soldiers go to our page at: British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920 (Soldiers) Every individual who served in a theatre of war was eligible to receive a campaign medal.
The National Archives at Kew in the London area is the caretaker of most of the military records.
It is important to understand the "fonds" or the way records are grouped.Also there will be the detail of his surname, initial(s), regiment, “long number” and rank.This “long number” will be required to find him in the WO 339 class of records, which is arranged by “long number”.They cover officers who served in all branches of the Army and the Royal Flying Corps.Officers who continued their service after 31 March 1922 are not included as the files for these individuals have not yet been released for public access.Some may be very limited but others may contain attestation papers, records of service, personal correspondence and date of death.