The Household Cavalry is one of the oldest regiments in the British Army, with roots dating back to 1660 during the time of the restoration of King Charles II, when a Royal Mounted Bodyguard was formed in Holland from 80 Royalists. Up until the beginning of World War II, it acted as a heavy cavalry unit and continues to act as the public face of the British army at home and abroad.
This collection contains surviving records of service for non-commissioned officers and other ranks who served in the Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards and the Household Battalion, and whose Army service concluded in these regiments.
The following information can be found in the records where available:
- Regiment and rank
- Next of kin
- Medical reports and pension details
- Birth date
- Relation to head
- Marital status
- Enlistment and muster date
- Place of birth