Research service

We can help you find out more about individual soldiers who served with the regiment. Read the information below, then get in touch to pursue your research.

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.  There are currently long delays in processing requests, due to Covid-19. The MOD charge a fee to provide the service record.  Find out more information about how to obtain a service record here.

Once you have the service 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.  Covid19 means that we are currently operating with reduced staffing. It may take up to ten weeks to answer your enquiry. 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 and would like to talk to our researcher while you are here, please make an an appointment.

Individual research 

Unfortunately we are currently unable to book out slots for individual research in our Research Room, due to Covid 19.