Family history and research

Here at the museum, we can help you find out more about individual soldiers who served with the regiment.

If you are planning to visit the museum to discuss your family history research query, please book an appointment to see the researcher.  It’s really important to do this as our researcher works part time and we don’t want you to be disappointed.  Call 01748 826561 to book a slot.

War diaries

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.

Accessing service records

If you are researching a soldier who served from 1922 onwards, their individual service records are held and controlled by the Ministry of Defence under their data protection obligations. They charge a fee to provide this information.  Next-of-kin can apply for a service record.

APC MS Support – Disclosures 2
MP 535,
Kentigern House,
65 Brown Street,
G2 8EX

0800 085 3600

apply by email for service records

When contacting the MOD, you should quote the soldier’s full name and service number. Once you have the record, do come back to us again, we can help interpret its contents – they can be full of military jargon and acronyms.  With this information we will be able to add contextual information regarding particular campaigns or individual actions.

We also 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.  Our extensive photograph collection is also a great resource both for images of named individuals, and to generally illustrate a particular period.

You can apply for help to research your military family member by completing our research request form.

Try to include:

  • Dates of service
  • Regimental Number
  • Battalion

We aim to answer enquires within six weeks, but occasionally enquires can take longer.

Fees for research are used to fund the conservation and maintenance of the museum and our archives. The charge for an initial enquiry is £30, payable in advance. This is based on one hour of research for relevant information and the preparation of a response.

Family History Research Request Form

If you would like to visit the museum once the research has been completed to look at our documentation and go through the story of your family member within the wider context of the regiment’s history, please make an an appointment by calling 01748 826561.  These research sessions are usually scheduled during the afternoon.

Conducting your own family history research

You are welcome to make an appointment to conduct your own research. Our research centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (Saturdays by special arrangement).