Tracing & Archive

The Royal Artillery Archive can assist with research, tracing and Royal Artillery history.

If you have a historical enquiry, do have a look at the information below to see if it helps answer your question.


Family History

We do not hold service records for people who served with the Royal Artillery.  Service records post-1920 are held by the MoD: 

If you know which unit your ancestor was with (Battery, Regiment/Brigade) then we may have further information on the unit’s activities. The following records which we hold are available on-line via  They are both for Other Ranks rather than Officers:

  •          Attestation Ledgers (1880-1942). Enlistment records of soldiers joining the Royal Artillery

Please be aware that the records do not catalogue all soldiers who enlisted.  They give more information for the years before 1929; they are less detailed for later years.  

  •         Casualty Cards (1939-1947).  Created for soldiers who died during the War.

These research guides at The National Archives are a useful source for Family History:

Records at the Royal Artillery Museum Archive  

Following our move from Woolwich to Larkhill in Wiltshire, please be aware that a large portion of our collection is in deep storage, and is not accessible.  We are therefore not able to answer some questions.  We will be transferring more records here over time. The records to which we currently have access are at the bottom of this message. In the meantime it might be worth seeing if the following organisations can help you:

The following are now at the Archive & Library at Larkhill:

  •         Battery Digests of Service (peace-time details of the activities of individual Batteries, c.1890-1939)
  •         Annual Historical Returns (as with the Digests of Service, but c.1945 onwards)
  •         Part of the WWI War Diary collection ·        
  •         Part of the ‘MD’ collection (personal papers of former Gunners)
  •         Part of the ‘AL’ collection (photos and photograph albums)
  •         Gun Handbooks
  •         Gun Training Pamphlets
  •         Gunner Magazine (c. 1919)
  •         Royal Artillery Journal (c.1860 )
  •         Royal Artillery News (1899-1970)
  •         Royal Artillery Distribution List (1868-1938)
  •         Regimental ‘Blue’ Officers’ Lists (early copies, from 1904)
  •         WWII Tracer Cards (on microfilm)
  •         Establishment Lists  

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!




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