The Honourable Artillery Company was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1537 by King Henry VIII and is the second oldest military organisation in the world. Today it is a registered charity whose purpose is to attend to the “better defence of the realm”. Regiments, battalions and batteries of the Company have fought with distinction in the Second Boer War and both world wars. Its current regiment, which forms part of the British Army Reserve, is the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior in the Army Reserve.
These records, many scanned in colour and released online for the first time exclusively by findmypast, span the years 1848 to 1922. They contain the details of around 13,000 men who served with the Company. The amount of information listed differs according to the battalion, but the records can include information about a soldier’s rank and service history, year of admission and other biographical information. Some of the records even include photographs and revealing letters from next of kin or the soldiers themselves.