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Air Force List

Online Air Force Lists, in respect of the Royal Air Force, from the collection of the National Library of Scotland on Archive.org
The Lists were initially published on a monthly basis. Currently available (at April 2012) are

  • 1919 February-August, November, December
  • 1938 January-September, November, December
  • 1939 January (catalogued 1929), February-December
  • 1940 February-June, August, October, December
  • 1941-1943 January, March, May, July, September, November
  • 1944 January, March, May, July, October
  • 1945 January, April, July.

Army Medical Department Report

  • Army Medical Department: Report for the Year... Earlier title Army Medical Department: Statistical Sanitary and Medical Reports for the year... Section: "On The Health of the Troops Serving in India". Year of publication in brackets. Appears to be only in respect of troops in garrisons and to exclude troops in military actions. Earlier volumes Google Books and later volumes Archive.org
1859 (p 1861)

Contents

1860 (p 1862)

Contents

Bombay page 279

Madras page 282

Burmah page 286

Bengal page 288

1861 (p 1863) 1862 (p 1864)

Contents

Bengal page 123

Madras page 132

Bombay page 135

1863 Volume 5 (p 1865) 1864 Volume 6 (p 1866)

Contents

Bengal page 116

Madras page 125

Bombay page 135

1865 Volume 7 (p 1867)

Contents

Bengal page 105

Madras page 123

Bombay page 133

1867 Volume 9 (p 1869)

Contents

Bengal page 129

Madras page 151

Bombay page 167

1868 Volume 10 (p 1870)

Contents

Bengal page 136

Madras page 155

Bombay page 174

1869 Volume 11 (p 1871)

Contents

Madras page 158

Bombay page 178

1870 Volume 12 (p 1872)

Contents

Bengal page 142

Madras page 160

Bombay page 179

1877 Volume 19 (p 1879)

Contents

Bengal page 88

Madras page 106

Bombay page 119

1878 Volume 20 (p 1880)

Contents

Bengal page 98

Madras page 116

Bombay page 129

1882 Volume 24 (p 1884)

Contents

Bengal page 77

Madras page 91

Bombay page 99


1885 Volume 27 (p 1887)

Contents

India page 97.

Poor Quality Text


1887 Volume 29 (p 1889)

Contents

Bengal page 103

Madras page 129

Bombay page 144

1890 Volume 32 (p 1892)

Contents

Bengal page 123

Madras, page 152

Bombay page 171

1891 Volume 33 (p 1893)

Contents

Bengal page 125

Madras page 161

Bombay page 181

1896 Volume 38 (p 1897)

Contents

India page 135

1897 Volume 39 (p 1898)

Contents

India page 160

The British Indian Military Repository

All volumes are from Google Books

Volume and Year Contents Contents Contents
Volume 1, 1822 Part 1 Part 2
Volume 2, 1823 Part 1 Part 2
Volume 3, 1824 Part 1 Part 2
Volume 4, 1826 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Volume 5, 1827 Part 1 Unindexed pages139-255 Part 3

Journal of the Royal United Service Institution

A London publication which generally contained a few articles about India in each edition.

The journals below are from the Google Book and Archive.org websites.

This journal later changed its name to the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute and some of the journals below may have been catalogued by the online websites under this latter name

1858, Volume 1-Contents 1859, Volume 2-Contents 1860, Volume 3-Contents
1861, Volume 4-Contents 1862,Volume 5-Contents 1863, Volume 6-Contents 1864,Volume 7-Contents 1865, Volume 8-Contents
1866, Volume 9-Contents 1867, Volume 10-Contents 1868, Volume 11-Contents 1869, Volume 12-Contents 1870, Volume 13-Contents
1876, Volume 19-Contents 1877, Volume 20Contents

Navy List

Useful for researching an Officer's career. There have been several version of the Navy List.

  • 1782-1814 Steel's Navy List
  • 1814 to present day: Official "Navy List"
  • 1841-1856 Unofficial "New Navy List" - which often gives biographical details. [1]

From the Google Book website

Steel's list 1782 Navy List September 1814 Navy List September 1816 Navy List March 1834 New Navy List November 1840
New Navy List August 1841 New Navy List Feb 1842 New Navy List Feb 1843 New Navy List August 1843 New Army List Feb 1844
New Navy List Jan 1847 Navy List December 1847 New Navy List January 1849 New Navy List January 1851 New Navy List January 1852
New Navy List August 1852 New Navy List November 1852 New Navy List Feb 1853 New Navy List February 1854 New Navy List Feb 1855
Navy List December 1856 Navy List December 1858 Navy List March 1861 Navy List December 1864 Navy List Jan 1866
Navy List June 1870 Navy List September 1870 Navy List June 1871 Navy List September 1871 Navy List December 1872

From the Archive.org website

Navy List March 1835 Navy List December 1849 Navy List June 1848 New Navy List January 1850
Navy List June 1850 Navy List June 1856 Navy List December 1861 Navy List December 1862 Navy List December 1868
Navy List March 1876 Navy List September 1877 Navy List June 1878 Navy List December 1879 Navy List September 1881
The Navy List June 1884

Also on Archive .org from the collection of the National Library of Scotland on Archive.org
Navy Lists, in respect of the Royal Navy. The Lists were initially published on a monthly basis. Please note there may be several volumes for a particular date. The Contents page will generally be at the front of the first volume. There may be an Index at the back of the last volume. Currently available (at April 2012), noting that the dates on some editions are not included in the title, are

  • 1913 March-December (no dates shown in titles)
  • 1914 January-December
  • 1915-1917 January, April, July, October
  • 1918 January, April, July, December
  • 1919 January-March, June-December.
  • 1920 January, February-December (no dates shown in titles)
  • 1921 January (no date shown in title)
  • 1939 February- September, December
  • 1940 February-July, October, December
  • 1941 April, June, August, October
  • 1942 February, April, June, August, October, December
  • 1943 February, April, June, August, October, December
  • 1944 February, April, June, October
  • 1945 January, April, July

New Annual Army List

Volumes are from the Hathi Trust Digital Library, the Archive.org website,with others from Google Books

The title varied over time: 1840-1853, The New Annual Army List. 1854-1869, The New Annual Army List, and Militia List. 1870-1880, The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Indian Civil Service List. 1881-1893, The New Annual Army List, Militia List, Yeomanry Cavalry List, and Indian Civil Service List. 1894-1901, The New Annual Army List, Militia List, and Yeomanry Cavalry List. 1902-1903, Hart's Annual Army List, Militia List, and Yeomanry Cavalry List. 1904-1908, Hart's Annual Army List, Militia List, and Imperial Yeomanry List. 1909-1915 Hart's Annual Army List, Special Reserve List and Territorial Force List.

By 1881, the Table of Contents had become more detailed, and it is easier to see the sections which may be relevant for India. In additional to details about the Bengal, Madras and Bombay Armies, which also include Medical Department, Veterinary Department and Ecclesiastical Department details, sections such as Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and Staff Abroad also contain information about officers in India. From 1904 the title page stated "Containing dates of commissions, and a summary of the war services of nearly every officer in the Army, Supply &c. Departments, Marine and Indian Army, and Indian local forces." Some editions also contain Indian Civil Service Lists, refer Directories online-India List and India Office List for a separate list. The earlier editions, approximately prior to the early 1860 contain less information relevant to India. Editions from the early 1860s to 1880 contain information which may not be indexed.

To access Lists for years not included in the tables below:

  • Editions from 1840 are available on the HathiTrust Digital Library. From 1873 limited access editions are available, probably accessible by those in North America. All these editions have the advantage that the pages can be rotated.
  • Online Army Lists, from a broken range of dates from 1840 are available at National Library of Scotland on Archive.org. This links displays volumes in the order they were uploaded to Archive.org, and the editions for the earlier years, from 1840, were uploaded first, so appear last on the list.
  • Hathi Trust Digital Library has the following editions of A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines 1794-1804 and 1782 and 1811- 1856 (broken range). All these editions have the advantage that the pages can be rotated. Also search in Google Books for other editions of A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines 1778-1855 (incomplete series) and New Army List 1840-1869 (incomplete series). For the latter series, some additional volumes may be found if they are searched for individually.
  • Annual Army Lists from 1754 to 1879 are available to download (free of cost) as pdf files from the The National Archives Documents Online: Digital Microfilm,under WO 65 records.


1854-Contents
1858-Contents 1859-Contents 1860-Contents
1861-Contents 1862-Contents 1863-Contents 1864-Contents 1865-Contents
1866-Contents 1867-Contents 1868-Contents 1869-Contents 1870-Contents
1871-Contents 1872-Contents 1873-Contents 1874-Contents 1875-Contents
1876-Contents 1877-Contents 1880-Contents
1881-Contents 1883-Contents 1884-Contents 1885-Contents
1886-Contents 1887-Contents 1889-Contents 1890-Contents
1891-Contents
1896-Contents 1897-Contents 1898-Contents 1899-Contents 1900-Contents
1901-Contents 1902-Contents 1903-Contents 1904-Contents 1905-Contents
1906-Contents 1907-Contents 1908-Contents 1909-Contents 1910-Contents
1911-Contents 1912-Contents 1913-Contents 1914-Contents 1915-Contents

As an example of the information relating to, or including, the Indian Army, the following links are to the 1913 edition:
Officers of the Indian Army on the Supernumerary List transferred to permanent Civil Employment page 675, Indian Army Cavalry page 678, Indian Army Artillery page 692, Indian Army Sappers and Miners page 694, Indian Army Infantry page 696, Goorkha Regiments page 735, Indian Medical Service page 742 Bengal, Madras, Bombay and Rangoon Ecclesiastical Establishments page 754, War Services of the Officers of the Active List page 757. Indian Army Reserve of Officers and Officers on the Unemployed Supernumerary List pages 1218- 1219, War Service of Officers of the Retired List page 1326, Deaths page 1556, Index page 1561

New Army List

Volumes are from Google Books, and from the Archive.org website.

The title of this quarterly publication varied over time: The New Army List 1840-1853. The New Army List and Militia List 1854-1869. The New Army List, Militia List and Indian Civil Service List 1870-1880. The New Army List, Militia List, Yeomanry Cavalry List and Indian Civil Service List 1881-1893. The New Army List, Militia List and Yeomanry Cavalry List 1894-April 1901. The New Army List, Militia List and Imperial Yeomanry List July 1901-Jan. 1909. The New Army List, Special Reserve List and Territorial Force List April 1909-Jan. 1915. by H. G. Hart.

1 January 1863-Contents 1 October 1863-Contents 1 January 1864-Contents 1 July 1864-Contents 2 January 1865-Contents 1 July 1865-Contents
1 January 1866-Contents 2 July 1866-Contents 1 January 1867-Contents 1 July 1867-Contents 1 January 1868-Contents 1 July 1868-Contents
1 January 1869-Contents 1 July 1869-Contents 1 October 1869-Contents 1 January 1870-Contents 1 January 1871-Contents 1 July 1871-Contents
1 January 1874-Contents 1 January 1880-Contents


Date Contents Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Index Supplementary Volume Contents
October-December 1913 Contents pages 1 -1035 pages 1036-2165 pages 2166-3037 . Index . .
January-March 1914 Contents pages 1-2204 . . . Index . .
April-June 1914 Contents pages 1-2204 . . . Index . .
October-December 1914 Contents pages 1-1158 pages 1159-2203i pages 2203j-3019 . Index . .
January-March 1915 Contents pages 1-2203e . . . Index . .
April-June 1915 Contents pages 1-2201 . . . Index . .
July-September 1915 Contents pages 1-683 pages 684-1800 pages 1801-2201 . Index . .
October-December 1915 Contents pages 1- 1215 pages 1216-2202 . . Index War Services of Officers of the Army etc .
January-March 1916 Contents pages 1-999 pages 1000-1755b pages 1756-2201 . Index . .
April-June 1916 Contents pages 1-677 pages 678-1786a pages 1787-2202 . Index . .
July-September 1916 Contents pages 1-683 pages 684-1668 pages 1669-2202 . Index . .
October-December 1916 Contents pages 1-834 pages 835-1774 pages 1775-2446 pages 2447-3394 Index .
January-March 1917 Contents pages 1-949 pages 950-1746 pages 1747-2202 . Index . .
April-June 1917 Content pages 1-731 pages 732-1760a pages 1761-2202 . Index . .
July-September 1917 Contents pages 1-733b pages 734-1721 pages 1722-3394 . Index . .
October-December 1917 Contents pages 1-1200 pages 1201-2202b . . Index War Services of Officers of the Army etc .
January-March 1918 Contents pages 1-631 pages 632-1698 pages 1699-2202b . Index . .
April-June 1918 Contents pages 1-860 pages 860a-1698 pages 1699-2202b . Index . .
July-September 1918 Contents pages 1-1180 pages 1181-2502 . . Index . .
October-December 1918 Contents pages 1-560 pages 560a-1262a pages 1262b-1760a pages 1761-2503 Index War Services of Officers of the Army etc Contents
April-June 1919 Contents pages 1-749 pages 750 -1760a pages 1761-2508 . Index . .
July-September 1919 Contents pages 1-767 pages 768-1760b pages 1761-2508 . Index . .
October-December 1919 Contents pages 1-764 pages 765-1530 pages 1531-2511 . Index War Services of Officers of the Army etc Contents

Army List from the collection of the National Library of Scotland at Archive.org has editions from July 1939 to December 1946

Minutes of Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Institution

Volumes are from the Google Books and Archive.org websites.

The volumes below are catalogued by Google Books under the title The Journal of the Royal Artillery, which was the title from 1905.

Volume 1 1858-Contents Volume 2 1861-Contents Volume 6 1870-Contents
  • Volume 15 1888 Contents and one article only. "The Expedition to the Ruby Mines of Upper Burma (A Short Sketch)" by Captain W. N. Lloyd, R.A. pdf version, html version ruby-sapphire.com

More editions are available on a restricted viewing basis, probably accessible to those in North America, on the Hathi Trust Digital Library, and Google Books

The United Service Journal and Naval and Military Magazine

The title varies: 1827-1828, Naval and Military Magazine ; Jan. 1829-Dec. 1841, The United Service Journal and Naval and Military magazine; Jan. 1842-Apr. 1843, The United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal: May 1843-Dec. 1882. Colburn's United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal; Jan. 1883-Dec. 1887, Colburn's United Service Magazine and Journal of the Army, Navy and Auxiliary Forces; Jan. 1888-Mar. 1890, Colburn's United Service Magazine. The title then became The United Service Magazine, which was published until June 1920. Many of the Google Books are catalogued under the latter title. Most of the links below are from Google Books.

Volume numbers were irregular: Jan. 1829-Dec. 1884 without volume numbering; Jan. 1885-Apr. 1888 called v. 113-119; May 1888-Mar. 1890, v. 119-122 (new ser. v. 1-4); Apr. 1890-Sept. 1900, old ser. v.107-127 (new ser. v. 1-21); Oct. 1900-June 1920, old ser. v. 143-182 (new ser. v. 22-61)

From 1920 the title became The Army Quarterly


Volume 1, Second Edition 1827-Contents Volume 2 1827-Index
Volume 3 1828-Index Volume 4 1828-Index


1829 Part 1-Contents 1829 Part 2-Contents
1830 Part 1-Contents 1830 Part 2-Contents
1831 Part 1-Contents 1831 Part 2-Contents 1831 Part 3-Contents
1832 Part 1-Contents 1832 Part 2-Contents 1832 Part 3-Contents
1833 Part 1-Contents 1833 Part 2-Contents 1833 Part 3-Contents
1834 Part 1-Contents 1834 Part 2-Contents * 1834 Part 3-Contents
1835 Part 1-Contents 1835 Part 2-Contents 1835 Part 3-Contents
1836 Part 1-Contents 1836 Part 2-Contents 1836 Part 3-Contents
1837 Part 1-Contents 1837 Part 2-Contents 1837 Part 3-Contents
1838 Part 1-Contents 1838 Part 2-Contents 1838 Part 3-Contents
1839 Part 1-Contents 1839 Part 2-Contents 1839 Part 3-Contents
1840 Part 1-Contents 1840 Part 2-Contents 1840 Part 3-Index


1841 Part 1-Contents 1841 Part 2-Contents 1841 Part 3-Contents
1842 Part 1-Contents 1842 Part 2-Contents 1842 Part 3-Contents
1843 Part 1-Contents 1843 Part 2-Contents 1843 Part 3-Contents
1844 Part 1-Contents 1844 Part 2-Contents 1844 Part 3-Contents
1845 Part 1-Contents 1845 Part 2-Contents 1845 Part 3-Contents
1846 Part 1-Contents 1846 Part 2-Contents 1846 Part 3-Contents
1847 Part 1-Contents 1847 Part 2-Contents 1847 Part 3-Contents
1848 Part 1-Contents 1848 Part 2-Contents 1848 Part 3-Contents
1849 Part 1-Contents 1849 Part 2-Contents 1849 Part 3-Contents
1850 Part 1-Contents 1850 Part 2-Contents 1850 Part 3-Contents


1851 Part 1-Contents 1851 Part 2-Contents 1851 Part 3-Contents
1852 Part 1-Contents 1852 Part 2-Contents 1852 Part 3-Contents
1853 Part 1-Contents 1853 Part 2-Contents 1853 Part 3-Contents
1854 Part 1-Contents 1854 Part 2-Contents 1854 Part 3-Contents
1855 Part 1-Contents 1855 Part 2-Contents 1855 Part 3-Contents
1856 Part 1-Contents 1856 Part 2-Contents 1856 Part 3-Contents
1857 Part 1-Contents 1857 Part 2-Contents 1857 Part 3-Contents
1858 Part 1-Contents 1858 Part 2-Contents 1858 Part 3-Contents
1859 Part 1-Contents 1859 Part 2-Contents 1859 Part 3-Contents
1860 Part 1-Contents 1860 Part 2-Contents 1860 Part 3-Contents


1861 Part 1-Contents 1861 Part 2-Contents 1861 Part 3-Contents
1862 Part 1-Contents 1862 Part 2-Contents 1862 Part 3-Contents
1863 Part 1-Contents 1863 Part 2-Contents 1863 Part 3-Contents
1864 Part 1-Contents * 1864 Part 2-Contents 1864 Part 3-Contents
1865 Part 1-Contents 1865 Part 2-Contents * 1865 Part 3-Contents
1866 Part 1-Contents 1866 Part 2-Contents 1866 Part 3-Contents
1867 Part 1-Contents 1867 Part 2-Contents 1867 Part 3-Contents
1868 Part 1-Contents 1868 Part 2-Contents July,Aug,Sept 1868 Part 3-Contents
1869 Part 1-Contents 1869 Part 2-Contents 1869 Part 3-Contents
1870 Part 1-Contents 1870 Part 2-Contents 1870 Part 3-Contents
1871 Part 1-Contents 1871 Part 2-Contents 1871 Part 3-Contents

*Hathi Trust Digital Library

1880 Part 3-Contents Volume 8 New Series October 1893 to April 1894-Contents Volume 29 New Series April 1904 to September 1904-Contents

Restricted access, probably accessible by those in North America. Google Books has most editions from 1872 to 1889 , 1894 ,1895 and 1908. Also with restricted access, the Hathi Trust Digital Library has editions after 1871 including some for the early 1890s page 1 and page 2

References

  1. UK National Archives Research Guides