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Over 2 million men and women have served in the Royal Artillery since its formation in 1716.

So literally millions of people in Britain and around the world are descended from or related to Gunners.

Spike Milligan, Frankie Howerd, the war poet Edward Thomas and boxer ‘Bombardier’ Billy Wells were all Gunners.


Getting started

Service and medal records are a good place to start researching your Gunner ancestor. Follow these two links for more information:

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Records of Military Deaths

If your Gunner lost their life in either of the two World War then start here. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) casualty database lists the names and place of commemoration of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.


More help

There’s lots of free information online to help you research your Gunner ancestor.


Read more

Is There a Gunner in Your Family Tree? RAML, 2009 >