Research

We have information about all the soldiers whose medals we hold.

We have information about many of the soldiers whose medals we hold.

Do you have ancestors in the Worcestershire Regiment? Have you a special interest in military history? Are there aspects of the Worcestershire Regiments’ service that you would like to know more about?

We do not have information about everybody who served with the Regiment but are happy to look through our archives and the indexes available to try and help.

Over the years many unique and/or rare documents and photographs have been deposited in our archives where they have been carefully housed and preserved for future generations. Our aim is to make these documents, and the information they contain, accessible to interested parties, wherever they may be in the world.

We hold records from 1694, although most of our records date from the formation of the Worcestershire Regiment in 1881, with the amalgamation of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot to WW2 and beyond. The bulk of our information, however, is related to WW1. Our computers host a database of over 54,000 officers and men who served with the Regiment during the Great War including details of over 1800 portrait photographs from numerous sources and of varying quality. Not only that we have almost 800 digitised sets of original WW1 officer service papers stored on our server which we are able to share.

Finally we have just finished a long-term project to digitise our regimental journal ‘Firm’ which ran, in various guises, from 1922 to 1970 and it is now completely searchable and contains many photos and references to WW1/WW2 veterans and is seen by many as the ‘Encyclopaedia of the Regiment’.

Our Volunteers

In commissioning research from us you will gain access to a small but dedicated group of volunteers who have many years of experience and knowledge of the Regiment and of military conflict in general, people who are able to give meaningful context to, and interpretation of, any information we provide.  So if you are seeking to find out more about those who served with the Regiment during its long history – we may have some answers!

Donations are part of our life blood!

Our volunteers give their time and knowledge free of charge. So why do we ask for a donation for our research services?

The Mercian Regiment Museum (Worcestershire) is a registered charity and dependent on the support of individuals, companies, trusts and public bodies to sustain a programme of continuous improvement of the Museum and its collections. In common with many Regimental museums and archives, a number of our external revenue streams have either been cut or are under threat.

The long-term preservation and professional conservation of our archive and the artefacts in our care are our top priority and we are constantly on the lookout to extend and enhance our collection. But we also wish to make these accessible rather than hidden away on shelves in a storeroom. We continue to digitise our collections, indexing names when we come across them (we have just completed an initiative to compile a computerised index of over 8000 officers and men who served with the Worcestershire Militia between 1881 and 1908); we are currently in the process of cataloguing our extensive photographic collection. Any money we receive, under the oversight of our trustees, will contribute directly to the continuity of, and accessibility to, our archives and our artefacts for future generations.

Finally our aim is to provide a professional, tailored and efficient research service. We will endeavour to use all the resources available to us (including our archive, the internet, contemporary newspapers and the National Archive in London) to provide the fullest possible response to each request for information. Just let us know what research you already have and we will take it from there.

Please note that we are unable to give guarantees of finding the specific information you seek and may only be able to determine generic context but what we will do is expend a significant amount of time searching both our archives and other sources available to us in an effort to answer you – as such all donations are a recognition and reflection of the research time spent rather than results obtained.

We regret that we are unable to answer research queries by telephone.

If you have an research query, please complete our enquiry form and submit it online or post it to us along with your payment.

Don’t forget to give us as much detail as possible so that we can provide you with a full response.

We regret that we are unable to answer research queries by telephone.

All money raised by research is used to fund conservation and maintenance of our museum and archive collections and support our volunteer costs.

Fees

  • Per enquiry, per soldier: £25.00
  • Broader research enquiry (i.e. battle, memorial or regiment): £25.00 per hour

We do ask for payment up front, and our fees are not refundable.  You can pay by sending us a cheque (UK only) made out to The Mercian Regiment Museum or via our Paypal account.  From the date of received payment it may take up to 8 weeks for us to investigate and respond to your request.

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The fee for investigating a single serviceman is based on the cost of an hour’s research. If we find that there is more information available and thus more time is required, we will inform you before continuing and may ask for an additional fee. Unfortunately, in some cases, despite our best efforts, we may not be able to supply any information: in this instance, the charge still stands.

If you are conducting research for commercial and/or financial gain please to let us know from the outset to avoid any misunderstanding.