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Of limited detail by themselves, tracing a soldier’s career through the muster lists should lead you to a discharge date and would therefore allow you to find a record of discharge – likely to be the most detailed record available if the soldier did not receive an army pension.Step 3: Search for a record of discharge (see section 7) Most soldiers were not discharged to pension and for those that weren’t the number and detail of surviving records is likely to be reduced.

The medal rolls do not usually contain biographical information.These registers list men awarded out-pensions following their discharge from the regular army or the militia on grounds of disability (WO 116/1-165).See our guide to free online records for advice on how to use digital microfilm.Where records have not been digitised you will usually need to know which regiment an individual served in to find records of him.This is especially so if he was, like most soldiers, not discharged to pension.

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