British Army Lists

Records: 2,421,506 · Complete: 100%


This collection contains lists of officers holding a commission in the regular British Army between 1882 and 1962. Not all years during this time period are included, though all years spanning WWI and WWII are covered. This collection is useful for tracing an individual’s army career.

Details you may find in these lists include the following:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Regiment
  • Date of Birth
  • Dates of commission
  • Dates of promotion

The frequency that Army Lists were published varied, with some years having more than one format (though, again, not all years are included in this collection):

  • 1798-1940: monthly lists
  • 1879-1922 and 1940-1950: quarterly lists
  • 1923-1950: half-yearly lists
  • 1951-: ongoing modern Army List

The specific list formats typically include the following information:

Monthly lists:

  • name indexed from 1867
  • provide some details of a regiment’s location

Quarterly lists:

  • list officers in order of seniority
  • include details of officers’ war service from April 1881 (in January issue only, 1909-1922)

Half-yearly lists:

  • list officers in order of seniority
  • January issue includes retired officers
  • issued annually only, from February 1947

The monthly lists and the quarterly lists for 1940-1950 include officers of colonial, militia and territorial units.

On Fold3, this collection is organized by list date.

Description bibliography:

British Army Officers after 1913. National Archives of the UK,