The museum has a rich archive of uniform plates, photographs, letters and war diaries relating to the Royal Fusiliers. We also hold Battalion Diaries for both World Wars, and Regimental Enlistment Books for the period 1919-1939.
The Archive has now re-opened after the completion of building work and staff changes. The archive is open to researchers from Monday to Friday 10.00am until 3.00pm. If you wish to visit the archive please contact the Museum Officer, see website for details.
Family History – Tips for family history researchers
Many of the enquiries to our archive come from family history researchers. Whilst our archive is closed, there is much you can access elsewhere.
We do not hold individual soldiers records or medal cards. If you are researching a Fusilier who served before 1920 you may be able to find their service record and/ or medal card at The National Archives, the records have been digitised. The National Archive also holds copies of the Battalion war diaries. Service documents for soldiers discharged to pension pre-1913 can be found at www.findmypast.co.uk, service papers and medal cards for the First World War (1914-1920) and are available on www.ancestry.co.uk
Please be aware that many records were destroyed in the Blitz but be assured the Regimental Archive does NOT hold copies.
If you are looking for a soldier discharged after 1920 papers will still be held by Army Personnel. The process for accessing these records is clearly detailed on their website or you can write to them at;
The Army Personnel Centre, Historic Disclosures, Mailpoint 400, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow, G28EX.
Other useful sites
http://www.cwgc.org/ - The Commonwealth War Grave Commission commemorate members of the armed forces who died in the two World Wars.
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/ - The London Gazette published gallantry awards throughout the wars and the archive can be searched online. (Be aware that in many cases citations were not published).
http://www.nam.ac.uk/research/identification-advice-sessions - The National Army Museum in Chelsea run identification and advice days if you need to get an object identified.
If you are really stuck there are a number of private researchers who you can employ to find out more. Chris Baker offers this service and also has an excellent summary of military records available to the family historian.
Compiled from regimental records by J P Kelleher, Archivist and Chief Clerk
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