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TNA have just released the latest batch of digitised service records for the Household Cavalry covering:

Ist Life Guards, Series 1, 1801-1856;

1st Life Guards, Series 2, 1859-1920;

2nd Life Guards, Series 1, 1799-1856;

2nd Life Guards, Series 2, 1856-1919;

Royal Horse Guards, Series 1, 1805-1856;

Royal Horse Guards, Series 2, 1856-1886;

Royal Horse Guards, Series 3, 1886-1919;

Household Battalion, 1916-1919.


The Guards infantry - Coldstream, Grenadier, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards - are still held by the relevant Regimental HQ and they need to be contacted to obtain them.

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Today The National Archives has released the service records of the NCOs and Other Ranks of the Household Cavalry online. These were held by the Regimental HQ (in the same way as the service records of the Foot Guards are still held by their respective RHQs) in Windsor until 2003 when they were transferred to Kew. They form record series WO 400. The records stretch back to 1799, so include records of service for those at Waterloo, in the Crimea and Boer War as well as those who served in the First World War. In addition to the mounted regiments, service in the Household Battalion an infantry unit raised from the Household Cavalry for service on the Western Front, is included. More info in the news release http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/938.htm

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