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Experiences of the Great War

British military lists

Details of officers who served in the three main branches of Britain's armed services during the First World War are recorded in the British military lists.

Official lists for the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have been published since the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries respectively, and also cover the Second World War.

  • Quarterly army lists
    These lists cover 1913 to 1919. This series of quarterly army lists were produced from 1880 to 1922.
  • Monthly navy lists
    These lists covering 1913, 1914, 1918, 1919 and 1920 (as well as 1939 and 1940) were produced monthly. From mid-1870 to March 1924 navy lists were released both quarterly and monthly. The complete series at the National Library of Scotland runs from August 1870 to June 1940, but does not include monthly lists for those months covered by quarterly lists.
  • Quarterly navy lists
    These lists cover 1913 to 1921 (and 1944 to 1945). From April 1814 to January 1924 (and again from October 1944 to April 1949) navy lists were produced quarterly.
  • Monthly air force lists
    This list from 1919 includes details of officers who served during the First World War.
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