Research service

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

Service records

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

Researching a soldier who served BEFORE 1922?

Complete our research request form with as much detail as possible about the person you want to research. There are two parts to the form. The first includes your contact details and the subject of your research request.  The second part is your £30 payment.

Research Request Form

It can take up to ten weeks to answer your enquiry.

Researching a soldier who served AFTER 1922?

Individual records for soldiers serving after 1922 are held and controlled by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under their data protection obligations. Getting the service record from the MOD is usually the starting point for your research. However, the MOD are currently experiencing significant delays in dealing with queries. Their service essentially shut down for a whole year due to the Covid situation. They will not even look at any new requests for information until their backlog is cleared, which they estimate may take up to 12 months.

We have adapted our research service to try to help this situation. We would normally advise you to apply for the service record from the MOD and then get in touch with us. However, we now accept research requests whilst your MOD application is pending.

So, apply to the MOD and ourselves at the same time.

  1. Complete our research request form with as much detail as possible about the person you want to research. There are two parts to the form. The first includes your contact details and the subject of your research request.  The second part is your £30 payment.
  2. At the same time, apply for soldier’s information from the MOD.

We will provide you with as much information as we can from the sources available to us. We will then keep your research request live until the MOD provide you with the service record. Then you can come back to us, and, using the information in the service record, we can complete the research.

We use the fees from our research service to fund the conservation and maintenance of the museum collection and our archives.

What kind of information do we hold?

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, prisoner of war records 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.

Individual research 

If you would like to visit the museum for individual unsupported research in our Research Room, please get in touch to book a time slot. If you want the assistance of our Researcher during your visit or at a later date to help you understand what you have found, this can be arranged. It is a chargeable service at £30.