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We don't have a full list of everyone who served at any particular time.  Some of our sources may also be very brief and simply state a soldiers name, rank and number - some records state the battalion - others do not.  The list below includes the material we do hold.  * Marked items are available as a museum publication from the museum shop or by postal sales. 

Useful Military Definitions and Abbreviations from 1918

bulletMedal rolls of the Waterloo Medal, 1815, and Military General Service Medal (for Peninsula War)*
bulletPartial list of King's Own soldiers in the Crimean War 1854-56
bulletMedal roll for the King's Own in the South African 1879 'Zulu War'*
bullet2nd Battalion King's Own Muster Roll - 1857 to 1872*
bulletPartial list of King's Own soldiers in the South African War 1899-1902 'Boer War'
bulletPartial list of King's Own soldiers serving 1904 to 1914
bulletPartial list of King's Own soldiers serving in the First World War 1914-1918, including:
bullet1914 Star Medal Roll*(Officers and Other Ranks)
bullet1914-15 Star Medal Roll* (Officers and Other Ranks)
bulletBritish War Medal and Allied Victory Medal Roll (Officers and Other Ranks)*
bulletSilver War Badge Roll
bullet1914-15 Roll of the 1/5th Battalion King's Own*
bullet1916 Roll of the 11th Battalion King's Own*
bullet1917 Roll of the 2/5th Battalion King's Own*
bulletTerritorial Force War Medal Roll
bulletComplete list of King's Own soldiers who died in the First World War*
bulletPartial list of King's Own soldiers serving in the interwar years.
bulletRoll of Honour of Soldiers of the King's Own who died between the end of the First World War and 1939.
bulletGeneral Service Medal roll for Palestine (2nd King's Own) 1938-39
bulletComplete list of King's Own soldiers who died in the Second World War
bulletPartial list of King's Own Prisoners of War 1939-45
bulletRoll of Honour of those soldiers of the regiment who died between the end of the Second World War and 1959.
bulletComplete list of Officers of the Regiment from 1680

In addition the museum also holds records relating to men who served with other regiments.

bulletSoldiers and officers killed in the First World War
bulletSoldiers and officers killed in the First World War from Morecambe & Lancaster
bulletSoldiers from Morecambe who served in the First World War
bulletMost soldiers from the Lancaster area who served in the Second World War in the early period of the war (up to about 1941) based upon the Mayor's Comforts Fund records.


The museum holds copies of regimental and battalion histories, as well as some war diaries for both the First and Second World Wars.

The First World War Battalion War Diaries of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment are now available from the museum on CD-Rom.  Find out more about the War Diaries.

Other organisations
Commemoration details of soldiers who died in the First and Second World Wars can be obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org

Official army records for soldiers who served after about 1920 are retained by the Ministry of Defence.  Access to these records is limited and details can be obtained from:
Army Personnel Centre, Disclosures 4 (Historical), Mailpoint 400, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow, G2 8EX.  Telephone 0845 600 9663.  Email:  disc4@apc.army.mod.uk

Death certificates for the British war dead are held by the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD.  Telephone: 0300 123 1837.

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