2,000 new Scots Guards service records added to FindMyPast database


20 January 2020
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Scots Guard service records covering the years 1642 to 1939, some of which have never been published before, have been added to the FindMyPast website.

The Scots Guards can trace its origin back to 1642 when they were known as the Marquis of Argyll’s Royal Regiment.

Throughout its history, the regiment has also be known as the Scots Regiment of Foot Guards, 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards, and the Scots Fusilier Guards. Finally, in 1877, the regiment received its title as Scots Guards.

What information is included?

The enlistment records include the names of men who served in the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic War, the Crimean War, and the two world wars.

Each record comprises a transcript, and most include several black and white images (ranging from 1-100) of the records of your ancestors who served as officers and other ranks in the British Army.

The amount of detail in each transcript can vary depending on when the record was created and the purpose of the record, such as whether it was created for pension purposes or new recruits. Some of the First World War service papers in series WO 363 were damaged during the Second World War; therefore, the information gathered from these forms can be limited. In the transcripts, you may find a combination of the following items:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth year
  • Birth county
  • Birth country
  • Service number (i.e. regimental number)
  • Rank
  • Regiment
  • Unit/Battalion
  • Age at attestation in years and months
  • Attestation date
  • Attestation corps
  • Residence
  • Pension
  • Death date – if the individual died during service
  • Document type – attestation or discharge
  • Series – this gives you further clues to the context of the records; for example, the series WO 97 is titled Chelsea pensioners British Army service records 1760-1913, which explains that these are pension records from 1760-1913.
  • Archive and reference
  • Images

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The accompanying images may include additional information about your ancestor. Use the previous and next arrows on the images to view more pages. Further details may include:

  • Physical description (including any distinctive markings)
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Names of relatives
  • Religion
  • Service history
  • Pension applications and outcomes
  • Correspondence

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