The Foot Guards saw extensive action on the Western Front during the First World War and my articles below will help you to research both the Regiments and the soldiers who served with them. I have also written generic guides to help you research soldiers who served in the British Army:
I offer a First World War Soldier Research Service.
The Foot Guards in the First World War
Clicking on the links below will take you to articles which will help you learn more about the Foot Guards in the war and explain what records are available and where:
- Grenadier Guards
- Coldstream Guards
- Scots Guards
- Irish Guards
- Welsh Guards
- Guards Machine Gun Regiment
Researching Soldiers who Served in the Foot Guards
You can usually find out a lot of information for either officers or other ranks who served in the Foot Guards during the First World War. The service records of those who served in the Foot Guards were stored separately from the War Office warehouse which caught fire during the Blitz, so have, for the most part, survived to the present day. Also, there are a lot of good war diaries and regimental histories which are readily available online. For more information about researching soldiers who served in the Foot Guards and how to order their service records click on the relevant regiment above.
Captain Sir Edward Hulse, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards who was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on 12 March 1915. After Hulse’s death, letters he had written during the war were published posthumously as Letters Written from the Front in France Between September 1914 and March 1915. This book is available to download and view online for free by clicking on the book’s title. Sir Edward has a service record at the National Archives and this is the key document to get hold of if you wanted to research him.