Online Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934: FindMyPast

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Maureene, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

    FindMyPast have released Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934 which are available with Britain Full and World. Subscriptions, or you can purchase credits. Searching is free, and you can search by keyword (a name is not compulsory)

    The description is as follows:

    Each record includes an image of the original enlistment ledgers held at The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library. The amount of information listed varies, but the Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
    Service history
    • Date of enlistment
    • Details of previous service, including any First World War service
    • Service number
    • Campaigns fought in
    • Medals awarded
    • Date of discharge and reason for it
    Biographical information
    • Name
    • Age
    • Date and place of birth
    • Place of residence
    • Occupation
    • Name and address of next of kin
    • Marriage details and Names and dates of birth of any children

    Key facts about the Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records

    • Over 88,000 soldiers are recorded

    • No officers are included, these are other ranks soldiers

    • The records cover men who enlisted between 1919 and 1934. The enlistments are either: transfers from the Dragoons, Hussars, Lancers or Machine Gun Corps, direct enlistments and re-enlistments

    • 25% of these soldiers were already part of the British Army and details of previous service are included – the earliest enlistment we’ve found was in 1875

    • Information about a soldier’s First World War or Boer War service is often included

    • Discharges and dates soldiers were killed in action are sometimes also included – the latest we’ve found was in 1951

      Find out more

      The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library holds the original enlistment and transfers-in ledgers (Army Book 358) for the Royal Tank Corps.
      The Royal Tank Corps was known as the Tank Corps before 18 October 1923. It was renamed again on 4 April 1939 and is now known as the Royal Tank Regiment.

  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    To your last sentence should be added the words- within the Royal Armoured Corps….sadly down to just 1 battalion...

  3. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Does the Tank Museum have the enlistment records of those who enlisted in it in the 1939-45 period? I am aware the MOD has the soldiers service records but these are not available to me because the soldier only died in 2003 so I am wondering if I can get some detail for a RAC Trooper from the Tank Museum?

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