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|The Army - Officers|
Published lists All officers are listed in the published Army Lists. You should be able to find details of promotions, the unit he served with and sometimes brief details of the campaigns in which he served. They can be found in the Microfilm Reading Room at the National Archives.
Service records There are five series of records for pre-First World War officers which may contain material. There is a comprehensive card index indicating which records are held where in the Research Enquiries Room. More details can be found in Officers' Records 1660-1913. About 85% of records survive for the First World War, although the files have been heavily weeded and are now largely about claims for pensions. More details can be found in British Army Officers' Records: First World War 1914-18. The main record series of relevantce are WO 76 and WO 25.
Commissions The correspondence about the purchase and sale of commissions between 1793 and 1870 contains a lot of valuable genealogical material. See WO 31 and WO 4 (1704 - 1858).
Pensions There are registers and correspondence about the payment of pensions up to 1921, including some records for pensions paid to widows and children.
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