following information has been compiled to assist the many enquiries received
during the past three years. These enquiries have come from all over the world,
usually from families wishing to trace the history of their relatives who served
in the Coldstream Guards. It is hoped by using the following information it will
provide an insight into the method of finding a Coldstreamer, making the task
a little less painful and also help our HQ with their work load. In this page
we will provide names and addresses, Tel. No's, Web sites, all with the aim of
providing a package of information with which you can contact the Archives. The
history of the Regiment can be researched from this and our corresponding sites.
In order to understand the background of tracing a Coldstreamer it is nesssary
to understand the present structure of our Headquarters and its workings. The
HQ of the Coldstream Guards is based at Wellington Barracks. London. It is from
here that the administration of the Regiment is run. It is staffed by retired
officers, civilians and a very small number of serving soldiers, not very many
years ago it employed a substantial staff of serving members. In consequence despite
their very best efforts many enquiries take considerable time to answer. Within
Regimental HQ 350 years of records are kept, unlike many Regiments whose records
have gone into private management. But! and a very big but, they are all on hard
copy, a room full of leather bound 'Tomes' , there has never been the time or
finance to transfer these to computer, consequently all seaches are manual. There
is a dedicated archivist when manning allows, which is becoming rarer these days.
The one essential piece of information you must supply is the Coldstreamers Regimental
Number, without this the search is well nigh impossible.
Why number, well
when one considers during the four years of the first World War, more than 10.000
guardsmen served in the Regiment, names mean very little.
Guardsmen have Regimental
numbers not Army Number.
advise you to read the prelim to the following information, in order that your
application can be processed quickly and efficiently. Your own methodical research
will ensure a less expensive successful application. If you find you need research
carrying out at the PRO or National Archives, these can be undertaken by other
agencies of which there are many listed, both on-line and listed in your local
library, who have a comprehensive range of assistance.
applications to the Regiment must be sent
c/o The Archivist. with a cheque
(this is a MOD charge, not imposed by the Regiment)
Must be accompanied by all relative information.
A Regimental Number is
essential. Proof of relationship to enquiry. i.e..(copy of either, Birth, Death
Marriage. Certificates. plus proof of authority i.e.. Copy of
Driving license) None of these are returnable.
This conforms with the Data
c/o The Archivist
Regimental Headquarters Coldstream Guards
Cost of all Research Enquiries
enquiries will be accepted by Telephone or e.mail
Links to Regimental HQ
HQ Web Site
This Site will explain the total procedue for a search
and includes 'down loadable' application forms.
background to the Coldstreamer being researched is often unknown, to establish
his DOB, Marriage and Death, certificates are required, to obtain these you need
dates of same. The method of locating details is to use St. Catherine's index.
1857 the Registration Act was passed, in which the law demanded all Births, Marriages
and Deaths be recorded. These can be found in the St. Catherine's Index, this
NOT the actual records but a index of the same. In each UK town the major library
has a copy of this index, on fiche or film. It is cataloged by the quarter, in
consecutive years. The method is to search five years each side of a target year,
until the date is found, against this date is a number, or letter and number,
which indicates which Parish the registration was made, corresponding with the
entry in the Parish Register If searching for a marriage, this can be cross checked
at the corresponding date with the name of the spouse. The library official's
will always provide support.
Regimental No,s start at No 1 and
go up to the present 9 fig.numbers that guardsmen are using today. Where will
I find the Number. On any official document issued by the Regiment. i.e. Paybook,
Discharge book, Service Record, Atestment(joining the Regiment) Army Pension book.
Letters of retention to the Colours. Medals(around the rim) Medal citations(
Site listed in links) Regimental photographs Correspondence, from home,
friends and comrades. Former comrades who served with your relative. Commonwealth
War Grave( Site listed in links). Equipment, polish
brushes, button sticks, clothing and packs Did he transfer to or from the Regiment.
(very common) Was he medically discharged?. Did his service affect his Health?..(Data Office Records) Full Surname and Christian
names. Date of Birth .( Links to St. Catherine Index)
Place of Birth .(Links to Census details) Parents names
and DOB...(Links to Census details) Home addresses .(Links to Census details) Date Enlisted.....
(personal records, age, conflict) Where enlisted....(Links to Census details) Date of Death.........(
Links to St. Catherine's Index) Death during Conflict...(Commonwealth Graves) Married? date of. Name
of wife, age, maiden name Marriage Cert.......(Links to Census details)
Employment, where, what, when.( DHSS records) Criminal
Record..... (Data Office links) National Health Records...(Data Office links) Emigration Record......(
The Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.|
Tel. No.'s Web Sites
Telephone: 020-8876 3444. Fax: 020-8878 8905. Website: http://www.pro.gov.uk/
Army Medal Office, Ministry of Defence, Government Buildings, Worcester Road,
Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 8AU. |
Records Centre, Ministry of Defence CS(RM)2b, Bourne Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex
UB3 1RF. Army Personnel Centre, Kentigern House, 65 Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX
0141 224 2023 or 3303 Fax: 0141 224 2144
War Graves Commission, 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL67DX|
01628-34221 Fax: 01628-771208 Website: http://www.cwgc.org/
Censuses and Surveys Births, baptising, marriages and deaths: Families Record
Centre, 1 Myddelton Street, London EC17 1UW|
Tel: 020-7533 6400
Records Three of the main record types available at the Public Record Office which
contain pension information are the Chelsea Regimental Registers (War Office file
120), the records of Soldiers Discharged Through Chelsea Hospital (W.O. 97), and
the Applications for Pensions for Widows and Children [of officers], 1755-1908
Discharged Through Chelsea Hospital These documents, filed as W.O. 97, were compiled
at the same time as the Regimental Registers, and thus contain much of the same
information. Here, the data is recorded on separate sheets for each man, rather
than in a register format as the records in W.O. 120. The 1,279 volumes in the
series are arranged alphabetically within each regiment, covering a period approximately
from 1760 through 1872|
Record Offices Many county and borough record offices have military collections,
usually based on local Militia / Yeomanry / Volunteer / Territorial / Home Guard
units but in certain cases covering locally recruited Regular units as well. Details
of record offices appear in: The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Record
repositories in Great Britain: a geographical directory. HMSO Ninth edition 1991.
ISBN 0-11-440243-4. |
Legion, Magazine of the Royal British Legion, 48 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JY Telephone:
020-7973 7200 Fax: 020-7973 7399 Website: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/||PRO.
British Service Records Soldiers Pre. |
1914 British Military Records
Personnel Centre Serving Members.Re-Service Record Disclosure The Data Protection
Cell Army Personnel Centre Mail Point 515 Kentigen House 65 Brown Street Glasgow
G2 8EX Telephone No 0141 224 2410; fax 0141 224 2410||Army
Personnel Centre Former Serving Members Re-Service Record Disclosure The Data
Protection Cell Army Personnel Centre Mail Point 400 Kentigen House 65 Brown Street
Glasgow G2 8EX|
Census of England and Wales Online. View 1.5 million original 1901 census documents
... family's history from the Public Record Office. Description: Online Test Project,
search the database for those living at the time of the 1901 census||http://www.census.pro.gov.uk/|
do hope the above information is of assistance in your search, we have tried to
give a composite method of research which we hope will help you to a successful
result, to relieve their work-load on Regimental Headquarters and our compatriot
web sites, with whom we work in close conjunction. In the event you need further
help, we can be contacted through. email@example.com