General Enquiry Prices

Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

General Enquiry Prices
If you have a query that does not require a profile of a soldier and his service with the army then perhaps our General Enquiry service can help.  This service covers the more basic type of enquiry, such as the acquisition of a soldier's regimental service number, a date of enlistment, a place of burial, or indeed which unit or regiment they served with.  It also covers more in-depth queries such as the provenance of medals or old photographs that you have in your possession and would like to know more about. Maybe you simply require help with a missing piece of the story of a soldier you have been researching yourself.

Perhaps your enquiry does not relate to an individual soldier but to a unit or regiment of the British Army and its history and service between 1745 and 1920. Perhaps you need the answer to a question about the army or the soldiers who served in it.  Whether you are looking for the answer to a single question or require research to be carried out for a project, article or publication then the research team at Unknown Soldier can help.

Most general enquiries take no longer than 2 hours to complete, but in all cases the research team at Unknown Soldier will assess the enquiry before any work is undertaken and estimate how long it should take to complete. The enquirer will then be informed of the estimated time of completion so that he or she can decide if they are happy for the researcher to proceed with the enquiry.

Our Prices
For general enquiries which are likely to take up to 2 hours to research and report and which relate to the British Army in the First World War or at any time between 1914 and 1920 the fee is £45. Further research will be charged at £80 for half a day or £140 for a full day.  After this the rates are as follows:
  • 2 Full Days of Research - £280
  • 3 Full Days of Research - £420
  • 4 Full Days of Research - £560
  • Weekly Rate - £650

For general enquiries which are likely to take up to 2 hours to research and report and which relate to the British Army between 1745 and 1914 the fee is £60. Further research will be charged at £100 for half a day or £160 for a full day.* After this the rates are as follows:
  • 2 Full Days of Research - £320
  • 3 Full Days of Research - £480
  • 4 Full Days of Research - £640
  • Weekly rate - £750
*The reason that this type of enquiry costs more is because the relevant records for this period are usually in document form and require the researcher to visit various locations, such as the National Archives in Kew, to access and view those documents.

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"Thank you again for the work you did researching my father's military career and the detail you have gone into for him.  If anyone expresses an interest in getting the same sort of work done on their family members I will certainly pass on your details."
Carol Buttacci from Hampshire
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An example of a Military General Service Medal (1847) which was issued to surviving soldiers who had served in the British Army between 1793 and 1814.
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