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Researching the Northamptonshire Regiment

As the holders of the Regimental collection Northampton Museums and Art Galleries can help provide information for your family research and enquiries. You may also wish to share your research by adding it to the military archive.

Other organisations that can help

We do not not hold official individual personal service records of officers and soldiers.The military records of soldiers for before 1920 that survive can be obtained from the National Archives. They also hold the First World War Medal Cards Index and this can be searched for a small fee. The military records of soldiers serving after 1920 can be obtained by relatives from the Army Personnel Centre. They may be able to assist you further with your enquiry but there will be a charge for their service.

Resources at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Many personal items have been donated to the Museum over the years and these include diaries, personal letters, personal service papers and photographs. These collections are supported by a library of reference books relating to their history with certain limited military records and lists produced by the Regiment.

Some record lists prepared by the Regiment are available including:

  • Enlistment Registers
  • Nominal Rolls
  • Discharged soldiers remaining in New Zealand from the 58th Regiment in 1858
  • Officers Service Records for joining the 48th from 1825-1920
  • Officers Service Records for joining 58th 1826-1898
  • Officers Service Records for the 3rd (Militia) Battalion circa 1860-1902
  • Casualties suffered by the Northamptonshire Regiment during the Boer War, 1899-1902
  • Medals awarded to the Northamptonshire Regiment during the Boer War, 1899-1902
  • Nominal Roll of the 1st Battalion, August 1914
  • Rolls of Casualties and Decorations of the 2nd Battalion, 1914-1918 (for L-Z surnames)
  • Silver War Badge holders for honourable discharge due to injuries 1914-1918
  • 1914 Star Award lists for the 1st and 2nd Battalion
  • Marriage and Baptism Registers for the 48th and 58th Regiments of Foot 1825-1911

For First World War research the Conflict and Community digial archive may be useful.

Conflict and Community digital archive

Find out about the exploits of the Regiment from their formation in 1741 in our historical timeline.

Northamptonshire Regiment historical timeline

Researching the Northamptonshire Yeomanry

The Northamptonshire Yeomanry collection consists of physical objects only. Archive material for family research and enquiries is available at the Northamptonshire Record Office.

Northamptonshire Record Office

Find out about the exploits of the Yeomary from their formation in 1794 in our historical timeline.

Northamptonshire Yeomanry historical timeline