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Record Year  Description

Regimental Registers - records of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths of British soldiers and their families

1761-1924

These records include events which may have taken place in the UK, Ireland and overseas.
Chaplains returns of baptisms, marriages and burials 1761-1880

These records were compiled by regimental chaplains and maybe duplicated within the regimental records mentioned above. 

Ionian Islands records of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths of civilians, soldiers and their families stationed on Corfu 1818-1864

These records relate to the garrison stationed on the islands of Corfu while under British protection after a short period of rule by France.

Consular births, marriages and deaths registered by British Consuls 1849-1994

These records relate to registrations made by the British Consul in the country concerned. It should be noted that registration in respect of British citizens or subjects has never been compulsory and therefore a record of the event may not be held.   

Army births, marriages and deaths 1881-1965

Records relating to members of the British Army or their families where the event has taken place outside of the United Kingdom.  

War Deaths

Includes Boer War (Army) World War 1 (Army/Navy/ some Royal Air Force - for those men in the Royal Flying Corp they were registered by the Army) World War 2 (Army/Navy/Royal Air Force)

1881-1965


1899-1902
 

Please note the information on the records held will only contain name, rank, service number, date (or presumed date) of death and place of death (often just recorded as the theatre of war e.g. 'France') the cause of death will normally be recorded on any certificate as 'killed in action', 'died of wounds' or 'on war service'. More information may be obtained from either the service record of the individual or their memorial.

Air births and deaths 1947-1965

Births and deaths which have taken place on British registered aircraft.

Births and deaths registered by British High Commissions 1947-1965

Events which have been registered by the British authorities in a Commonwealth country. 

     
     
Notes    
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A typical example of an Overseas Index Image

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Index to Consular Marriages 1961-1965 AAL – ARC.  Note the handwritten numbers which correspond with the following image

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Index to Consular Marriages 1961-1965 AAL – ARC

The “Interlinings” image shows the order of the handwritten entries from the previous image

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