It is therefore helpful to have a little knowledge before you start your research as to where you may find the answers to your questions.
It is also important to note that the Museum in Serle’s House does not hold the Service Records of former soldiers.
We do normally make a small charge for a detailed research enquiry, but are happy to give limited advice over the telephone about how you can best conduct your search. We aim to provide a helpful and friendly service.
For those soldiers whose service ended before 1920 the National Archives at Kew is the depository.
The National Archives
Ruskin Ave, Kew
Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel: 020 8876 3444
The National Archives hold:
For those soldiers whose service ended after 1920, the Army Personnel Centre holds the records
The Army Personnel Centre
Historical Disclosures, Mailpoint 555
65 Brown Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX
Tel: 0845 600 9663
This link will give you the instruction on applying for a relative’s Service Record. It is essential that you have their regiment and personal number. The Museum is happy to help to confirm these things.
The MOD Medal Office handles requests for issue of and replacement of medals.
The MOD Medal Office
Gloucester GL3 1HW
Tel: 0141 224 3600
The CWGC Register (Roll of Honour) is available on their website. This provides information about name, rank, age, regiment, date of death and place and also where a soldier is buried or commemorated
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road
Berkshire SL6 7DX
Tel: 01628 634221
For details of all Regimental Museums in the UK see the website of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust.
Useful publications (held by the museum):
Regimental History the Royal Hampshire Regiment 1702-1992 by C T Atkinson (out of print but available to view at the Museum)
The Hampshire Regiment 1914 – 1918 by C T Atkinson
The Royal Hampshire Regiment 1918 – 1954 by David Scott Daniell
The Hampshire Tigers by Bryan Perrett (1954 – 1992)
History of the Hampshire Territorial Force Association and War Record of Units 1914 – 1919
The War History of the 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment 1939 – 1946 by IPB Taylor
‘At the Trail’ the history of 8th Battalion (Princess Beatrice’s Isle of Wight Rifles) The Hampshire Regiment