How to trace your family military history

The National Museum of Ireland welcomes enquiries about the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition, but does not have information on the military service of individuals. If you are looking for such information, you should contact the following organisations:

Individuals in the Irish Defence Forces

Information is given to proven next of kin; name, rank and date of birth should be provided when making an application. For pension and medal information about individuals who served between 1916 and 1922, write to:

Veterans Allowance Section,

Department of Defence,

Renmore, Galway,


For personnel records of non-commissioned officers and other ranks write to:

Enlisted Personnel Management Office,

DFHQ, Colaiste Chaoimhin,

Mobhi Road,

Dublin 9,


For officers’ records write to:

Commissioned Officers Management Office,

DFHQ, Colaiste Chaoimhin,

Mobhi Road,

Dublin 9,


Individuals in the British Armed Forces

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission can supply information on a relative who was killed in the First or Second World War, in either British or Commonwealth service. This material can be accessed in various ways, including the website. Note that it is useful to have details of an individual’s regiment and year of death.

Commonwealth War Graves CommissionLinks to external website

2 Marlow Road,



SL6 7D

Tel: 0044 1628 634221

The National Archives holds pre-1914 British Army service records and the service records of First World War soldiers and non-commissioned officers, although many of these were lost through bombing during the Second World War. For details of these check the web-site:

National ArchivesLinks to external website

Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond,



Tel: +44 20 8392 5200

The Army Records Office of the UK Ministry of Defence holds the records for soldiers who served between 1922 and the mid-1990s. The ARO will release records to proven next of kin for a fee, but there may be a lengthy wait for this service. For further information, check the websiteLinks to external website or write to:

Army Personnel Centre, HQ Secretariat

Historical Disclosures Mail Point 400, Kentigern House

65 Brown Street,


G2 8EX

Tel: +44 845 600 9663, option 1, then option 3

Further information can be found on www.irishsoldiers.comLinks to external website and in Guide to Irish Military Heritage by Dr Brian Hanley published by Four Courts Press, Dublin 2004.

The information above is also available to download as a PDF:

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