Research service

We can help you find out more about individual soldiers who served with the regiment. Use our research service, or book a slot in our research room to conduct your own search.  We cannot accept ‘walk-in’ research enquiries, so please contact us in advance of a visit to the museum to avoid disappointment.

Service records

These give really useful information about a soldier’s army career.  We can find service records, if they still survive, for many soldiers.

If you are researching a soldier who served after 1922, their individual records are held and controlled by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under their data protection obligations. Next-of-kin can apply for a service record. 

When contacting the MOD, you should quote the soldier’s full name and service number.  They charge a fee to provide the service record.  Call them on 0800 085 3600 or apply by email for service records

Once you have the record, contact us.  We can help you better understand its contents and add contextual information regarding particular campaigns or individual actions.  We have a wealth of supporting official and unofficial documents, which often contain unique information on individuals.  For some periods of the regiment’s history we also have enlistment registers, records of births and marriages and punishment books. Personal memoirs, diaries and letters also exist from most periods.  We hold the official war diaries for each battalion of the Green Howards during the First World War plus some war diaries for the Second World War.  Our extensive photograph collection is also a great resource for images of named individuals, and to give a feel for what military life was like during a particular period.

Use our research service

There are two parts to the form, the first includes your contact details and the subject of your research request.  The second part is where you pay the £30 research fee by credit or debit card.  We aim to answer enquires within six weeks, but occasionally enquires can take longer.  We use the fees from our research service to fund the conservation and maintenance of the museum collection and our archives.

Complete the research request form with as much detail as possible about the person you are wanting to research. 

Research Request Form

If you would like to visit the museum once the research has been completed to talk it through with us, please make an an appointment.

Individual research

To conduct your own research, book a slot in our Research Room by calling 01748 826561 or email us.