World War I

Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

World War I

The majority of our work comes from enquiries about soldiers who served in the First World War between 1914 and 1918.  Our research service covers all those individuals who served as soldiers with the British Army during this conflict, whether at home or overseas.  The service includes the Regular Army battalions, the Territorial Force battalions and the Volunteer (Service) battalions of the infantry.

It includes the regular and territorial (yeomanry) regiments of the cavalry and the other arms such as the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Machine Gun Corps and the Tank Corps. The service also covers the Royal Flying Corps and the fledgling Royal Air Force, as well as the support units such as the Army Service Corps, the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Labour Corps. It also extends to members of the Royal Naval Division and the Royal Marines Light Infantry.

The service does not cover members of the Indian Army or the forces of the Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.


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Walter Tull was raised in an orphanage in Bethnal Green in London and became a professional footballer with Tottenham Hotspur and later Northampton Town.  During the First World War he served with the 17th (Service) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment which was known as the Footballers' Battalion.  He was the first black officer in the British Army.  He was killed in action in France on 25 March 1918. 
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