Records of Household Cavalry servicemen go online

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The National Archives is making the surviving records of service for over 12,000 servicemen from the Household Cavalry spanning 200 years from 1799-1920 available online to view and download.

The records contain details of servicemen (non-commissioned officers and other ranks) who were part of the Household Cavalry during the Battle of Waterloo, the Boer War and the First World War. They include their original handwritten enrolment form, a statement of names and addresses for next of kin and in some cases, a conduct sheet and casualty sheet, providing details of servicemen who fought in some of the British Empire’s biggest battles and wars.

In rare cases, a record may contain personal correspondence and details of personal effects.

William Spencer, author and principal military records specialist at The National Archives said: “People across the globe can now find personal details about troopers in the Household Cavalry such as their age when they joined, length of service, height, profession, pension and even any distinguishing marks they may have had.

These details provide fascinating insights into the men that served in the Household Cavalry over the course of 200 years and are a fantastic resource for military and family historians to find out more about soldiers on horseback.”

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