Military records

This guide was last updated in 2010

If your ancestor was a British soldier who served in South Africa, then you should visit the National Archives (TNA) in Kew for relevant records.

Those who volunteered to fight in the Boer War would have served under the Imperial Yeomanry for which there is a published index: Aspin’s Roll.

Locally raised regiments can be found in the National Archives in South Africa, although TNA also holds enrolment forms and nominal rolls of local armed forces, 1899-1902.

Information on military personnel after 1912 can be found at the Defence Force in Pretoria. Enquiries can be made to: The Deputy Director, Documentation Centre (Personnel Archives) Private Bag X289, Pretoria 0001.

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