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.
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,
MS Support Unit, P&D Branch, Historical Disclosures, MP 555, Kentigern House,
65 Brown Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX
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 can 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 1702-1914 by C T Atkinson
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