If your relative did serve with the Hampshire or Royal Hampshire Regiment we can probably give you a good idea as to where he was serving and so fill in some of the gaps that you may have in the story. We may not hold all the records but we can hopefully point you in the right direction and should be able to give an indication as to what the man was doing.
The Museum offers a research service which is aimed primarily at family historians though we regularly assist local history groups and schools who are researching the names on the village war memorial.
WE DO NOT HOLD SERVICE RECORDS. MOST WW1 AND EARLIER RECORDS WERE DESTROYED IN THE BLITZ.
1920 ONWARDS (INCLUDING WW2 AND NATIONAL SERVICE) ARE STILL HELD BY THE MOD. YOU CAN GET THEM HERE.
You need to get WW2 records first before contacting the museum as we are unable to provide detailed research without them.
Please note that research takes a lot of time and therefore we have to charge a fee of £30 for all inquiries; even if we cannot find anything we have still had to search through multiple sources. We will not start any research without payment.
To pay for a Research Inquiry, please click here and ensure the topic you wish us to research is entered in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION box.
As of the 15th August 2019 there is a 14 week turnaround time due to the number of inquiries we are receiving.
We can also be contacted by post at:
The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum
but your inquiry must be accompanied by the £30 research fee, cheques payable to ‘The Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum’. This can be refunded if it is clear from the outset that we will be unable to help.
We do not accept research inquiries by telephone as we are unable to answer them while on the telephone. Inquiries sent by email will not be answered without payment as we have such little staff time to work on them.
Visiting the Archives for your own research
If you wish to visit the museum to carry out your own research, you must contact the museum at least 2 weeks before you wish to visit as we have very limited space for researchers. A charge of £15 is payable, which allows for 1.5 hours of research time.