Worcestershire Regiment Ancestors

Welcome to the Worcestershire Regiment Archives

WW1 2nd Lieutenant. An example of our historic photographs

If you are looking for information concerning an ancestor who served with the Worcestershire Regiment you have come to the right place!

We do not have information about everybody but are happy to look through our archives to try and help.

This website is a portal, not only into the unique documents held in the Worcestershire Regiment Archives, located in Worcester, England but it is also a means of gaining access to scholars who have many years of experience and knowledge of the Regiment, 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!

Our Archives

The archives

Over the years many unique and 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, including over five hundred officers’ commissions and other papers relating to the officers of the various antecedent Regiments. However, most of our records date from the formation of the Regiment in 1881, with the amalgamation of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot to WW2 and beyond, including the Post World War I recruitment books. The bulk of our information, however, is related to WW1. Our computers host a database of over 60,000 officers and men who served with the Regiment during the Great War including details of over 2000 portrait photographs from numerous sources. The Museum holds complete runs of all the Regimental Magazine and other Regimental and local publications.

Our Volunteers

Researchers at work

Our dedicated team of volunteers have many years experience in all aspects of the Regiment, its history and in using both our archives and the internet in general. Amongst our ranks are published authors on WW1, WW2, military badges, the Home Guard and the Worcestershire Regiment itself. The team, will research any query we receive to the fullest extent using all the resources known and available to us, if appropriate we are able to consult records held at the National Archives in London. On completion of our work we will write up our findings and provide copies, if possible, of any primary sources and other helpful and informative material. We believe that our combined team can add value to the queries we answer.

Recruitment ledgers