Research

The Regimental Archives hold details of personalities and events involving the Soldiers of Cheshire.

Ancestry websites will only give scant detail on Military service. As we have the most extensive collection of books, pictures and records relating to the Cheshire Regiment our extensive archive will allow any interested person to find out much more about their relatives.

We have the complete collection of the Regimental journal ‘The Oak Tree’. Published from 1915 this contains many fascinating details and snippets on Regimental life particularly in peace time. Below is a sample scan of ‘The Oak Tree’ from June 1971.

The Cheshire Military Museum has a small team who can carry out historical research for you in our archives on topics relating to the Cheshire Regiment and The Cheshire Yeomanry.

As an alternative to us conducting the research on your behalf, you are welcome to visit the archive.

Before asking us to help you with your research it is important you appreciate what we can and cannot do, and the conditions for supplying the service.

The Information Obtainable by the Museum

The information that we hold in our archives is primarily historical records of the Regiments rather than of individuals. We hold no Army Records of Service for individual soldiers.

If you are making an enquiry about an individual soldier the key information we nearly always need to know is when he served and in which Battalion. If he was awarded a gallantry medal, was killed in action or died whilst serving we can normally find out from our records enough information to identify the Battalion in which he served.

Once we have the basic information of when he served and in which Battalion we can then tell you what actions he would have been involved in and where he would have served in more detail. In most instances, unless specific mention is made of him in the histories or war diaries, or he was awarded a gallantry medal, we can not tell you about any specific actions he would have carried out as an individual soldier.

Donations

In asking us to carry out research for you we would ask you to make a donation of £20 (GBP) to go towards covering the cost of looking after the archives and meeting our Volunteer researchers’ travel costs etc. The requested donations are detailed in the conditions and advice provided with the Research Application Form.

Please note that a donation is also required for the use of staff and time and facilities when making use of our Research service.

Request Form

Receipt of an application is required before any research can be carried out. No application for research can be accepted over the telephone or by email.

Your donation cheque will not be cashed until the research has been completed. In the event that we are unable to carry out any research for you your donation cheque would not be cashed.

Please do not send card details by email or fax, either phone us or send these details in the post. Thank you.

FREE PDF downloads for further information

Download and fill in this form and return it to the Director if you would like some assistance with research

Revised Fee Research Form 2018

We hold many unique documents including a register of every officer commissioned into the 22nd Cheshire Regiment

We hold many unique documents including a register of every officer commissioned into the 22nd Cheshire Regiment

Original papers are catalogued and stored in boxes for easy reference

Original papers are catalogued and stored in boxes for easy reference

Original albums are stored and we are digitalising them

Original albums are stored and we are digitalising them

We have the complete collection of the Regimental Magazine

We have the complete collection of the Regimental Magazine

We also have many facinating objects

We also have many facinating objects

Researchers

Researchers Geoff Crump and Bill Preece know the archive in minute detail and also have access to an extensive library.