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World War 1 & World War II War Diaries
The War Diaries give a first hand account of the day-to-day actions of each regiment, written mainly by the adjutant. Individuals are rarely mentioned by name, unless they were killed, wounded or performed an act of gallantry. Officers are quite often named, but it is usually only in the World War II diaries that other ranks are mentioned by name.

Tank Corps Book of Honour (World War I)
Contains full citations of gallantry awards for Officers and Other Ranks, and a Roll of Honour

Regimental Histories
These include many histories of the armoured Cavalry Regiments, Tank Corps Battalions and Royal Tank Regiments, Yeomanry Regiments and Reconnaissance Corps, which in many cases contain lists of men serving during each conflict.

Roll of Honour (World War II)
Lists all Royal Armoured Corps personnel killed during the war and includes date of birth and where they enlisted. A version of this is available online here.

Casualty Cards
The casualty cards are records of other ranks of the Royal Armoured Corps, who were killed during World War II, with brief information as to when and where; and name of their next of kin.

Personal Papers
Personal papers, including postcards and letters, are donated to us by relatives, and we are gradually building up a collection of documents that give a personal perspective of historic events.

Other resources include official papers, discharge and transfer cards, effects registers, citation and medal lists, audio recordings, CDs listing soldiers who died in both World Wars and an extensive collection of books.

Please note we do not keep service records of individuals.

Before starting your research here you need to know in which regiment or battalion your relative served, particularly for World War One servicemen. If you do not know this, then you will first need to contact the following:

World War I The National Archives
Tel. 020 8876 3444

Unfortunately many of these records were destroyed during World War II, but a third have survived.

World War II and Inter War Years
Army Personnel Centre

Historic Disclosures
Mailpoint 400
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX
Tel. 0141 224 2743
Fax. 0141 224 2144

Information from the above will only be given to next of kin. A fee is charged.

The Army Medal Office is a source of information of medals and citations:
Army Medal Office
Kentigern House
65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX
Tel. 0800 0853600