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1758 30th Foot (later 1st East Lancashires) sails from Spithead as part of an amphibious force detailed to raid and destroy the port of Cherbourg.
1857 2 Companies (117 officers and men) of the 59th Foot (later 2nd East Lancashires), embark at Singapore for Calcutta, India, where the Mutiny has broken out. Survivors of the wreck of their transport HMS Transit, they had been in Singapore for 6 days, awaiting onward transportation to their Regiment in Hong Kong, when they were diverted.  
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Other Research Sources

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

The Service Records section of the SPVA website is perhaps the best place to start researching the records of any British servicemen.

Go to:

 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

2 Marlow Rd

Tel: 01628 634221


Maintains records of burials and commemorations of Commonwealth war dead in over 170 countries. The CWGC’s website includes a magnificent search engine which lists all the 1.7 million men and women from the British Commonwealth who died in the two World Wars. If you are researching someone who died on active service, this is the best place to start.

National Archives (NA)

Ruskin Avenue

Tel: 0208-876-3444

Web Site:

The NA holds the personal service records of soldiers and officers who served until 1920. Only a small percentage of the WW1 service records survive, the majority having been destroyed during WW2.

The NA also holds the following:

Pay Lists.
Muster Rolls.
Records of pensioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
Medal Rolls for campaigns between 1793 and 1904.

Medal Index Cards (WO 372) and Medal Rolls (WO 329) for WW1, which lists the medals awarded to individuals and may confirm name, Army number, rank or Regiment, and the medal roll books in Regimental or unit order (1914 Star, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Silver War Badge.

War Diaries for WW1 and WW2.

Army Personnel Centre (APC)

HQ Secretariat
Historical Disclosures
Mail Point 400
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX

Tel: 0845 600 9663, option 1, then option 3

Web Site:

The APC Historical Disclosures Section holds personal service records of soldiers and officers between 1921 and 1997. For ex-Army personnel, or their widows/widowers, it can supply statements of service or confirmation of particular aspects of service from the records it holds. This service is free. It can also provide the same service for members of the family or other members of the public, subject to the consent of the next of kin and the payment of a fee.