Before carrying out a research enquiry, the Museum asks for a donation to our funds to cover the cost of staff resource. An minimum donation of £22 will be asked for, payable upon submission of your enquiry. This donation is non-refundable, even if we cannot answer your query. To submit this donation by PayPal, please add ‘Research Service’ to your basket. You will need to fill in the following enquiry form.
If you wish to pay by cheque and submit a paper form, please print off the following SRM Research Enquiry Form
and send a cheque for £22, made payable to Soldiers of Shropshire Museum, to:
Soldiers Of Shropshire Museum – Research
Please allow up to 8 weeks for research to be conducted: We have a small but dedicated team of research volunteers working hard but also have a backlog to work through.
The Museum has a Research desk, with Regimental histories etc. freely available for use. Printed histories, journals and other documents are also available to researchers by prior arrangement.
The Museum’s archives and photo collections are limited but may be searched by prior arrangement. Looking through our archive is time-consuming so please do plan well in advance. We need at least 21 days’ notice for research visits – please call 01743 358516 to book. Visits of this nature are free, but we welcome a donation. Please note, we expect you to be able to carry out your research unaided, but can arrange to have a volunteer help you so please ask at the time of booking if you need this.
Many of the Museum’s formal archives (e.g. War Diaries) are now housed in the nearby Shropshire Archives, on Castle Gates and are available for inspection there.
They are catalogued on a CALM database and are also available online via Access2Archives.
Tracing a soldier:
In common with other regimental Museums, we hold no personal service records of soldiers of any era, but we can help in accessing records pre 1920 for a fee.
Soldier’s Documents (WO97s) are held only in The National Archives at Kew. These are available online for a fee via findmypast.co.uk, though only a fraction now survive.
Service records for the First World War are held at the National Archives at Kew. Service records, medal awards and pension records between these years can be accessed through ancestry.co.uk. There are also online registers for the Silver War Badge.
Please note that apart from the medal records (which are more or less complete) only about 20% of the records survived the bombings of the Second World War.
Records for soldiers discharged after c.1921 are retained in Ministry of Defence archives. To request a service record of a deceased relative please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-records-of-deceased-service-personnel
Only next of kin may apply for copies.
Army Personnel Centre
65 Brown St
For information on medals issued to any soldier in any era please contact:
MOD Medal Office