Unfortunately, these records do not appear to be complete, Janet. The Web site description says: "This is the main series of service documents of soldiers (but not officers) who either became in- or out-pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The attestation and discharge documents in this series constitute the most detailed record of a soldier's service. The early part of the series also occasionally contains records of men who bought themselves out of their regiment or who applied unsuccessfully for a pension.
"The records usually give particulars of age, birthplace, service (including any decorations), information about physical description, previous occupation on enlistment and the reason given for discharge to pension. Documents after 1883 usually contain fuller particulars, such as next of kin and details of marriage and children.
"The series generally does not contain the records of soldiers who died in service or who took an early discharge and never received a pension. These service records would not have survived because they were not required for pension purposes."
I guess it's a good start, but I was looking for records of soldiers who died in service or were officers, so no luck here.
ITS THE INDEX NOT THE WHOLE RECORDS. BUT UP UNTIL NOW YOU'VE HAD TO EMPLOY SOMEONE TO LOOK IT UP. THE LDS CHURCH HAVE MICROFILMED THE BRITISH MILITARY BUT THERES NO INDEX AT LEAST THIS IS SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR, GOOD LUCK
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From: "jreakes" <jreakes@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 5:40 PM
Subject: [englishresearch] ARMY DISCHARGE RECORDS ON LINE
> I made an exciting discovery today, at http://www.pro.gov.uk/index.htm
> the Army discharge papers for the British army are on line now.. They
> cover 1760-1854 and you type in WO 97 as the source in the catalogue
> This is the blurb
> Index to soldiers' discharge documents, 1760 - 1854
> For many years the Friends of the Public Record Office, with initial
> support from the Army Museums Ogilby Trust, have been indexing the
> soldiers' discharge documents in WO97/1-1271 and WO121/1-136. Until
> recently this index could only be searched on site at Kew. Now you can
> type names, places of birth and other data when searching WO 97 in
> JANET REAKES
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