Military Collection at Aldershot Library
About the Military Collection
The material in the Military Collection focuses on the British Army from the earliest times to the present day, with particular emphasis placed on the last 300 years, and with a substantial coverage of World Wars I and II. The Collection also includes a wide range of Regimental and Divisional histories, as well as extensive material on battles, campaigns and wars. There are also sections on biographies, genealogical sources, military theory and defence studies, weapons and weapons systems, uniforms and medals.
The run of Army Lists stretches back to the early 1800s, with more complete coverage from the 1850s onwards. Also held are the CD-ROMs listing all the soldiers who died in the First World War and the Army Roll of Honour for the Second World War. This can be searched in a variety of ways including name, Regiment, date of death, etc. We can print out a facsimile copy of the Scroll of Remembrance which would originally have been presented to the next of kin of the deceased – the price for this is £2.50 including postage.
The majority of the stock is lending, but there are large Reference only sections, such as the Regimental Histories, the Army Lists and the various Periodicals held. The entire Collection is housed in it’s own separate room, on the first floor of the Library, and study facilities are available there. A lift has recently been installed for ease of access
We welcome enquiries and can offer advice and referrals to other suitable sources.
Please note: we do not hold personnel records and are unable to undertake detailed military related family history searches.
Periodicals held in the Military Collection
Title and Volumes and Dates
After the Battle 1983 numbers 42-44 (loose) then numbers 47-50 1985 – 2000 numbers 107-110 (bound) 2001 numbers 111 - present (loose)
Aldershot Garrison Herald 2002 – present
Armies & Weapons 1975-1978, issues 15-49 (bound)
Army Quarterly& Defence Journal Vol 1 Oct 1920 – Vol 10 July 1925 (bound)
Vol 79 1960 – vol 129 1999 (bound)
Bulletin of the Military Historical Society Vol 1 1950 – present
Conflict Studies 1970-1999 (loose)
Gunner Jan 1963 – May 1964 (single bound volume)
Guns Review Vol 1 1960 – vol 36 1996 (bound)
Jane’s Defence Weekly 1988 (loose) Vol 14 1990 – vol 37 2002 (bound, some incomplete) then loose vol 38 2002 – present
Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research General Index vols I – XL, 1921-1962 Vol 1 1921-22 (bound) Vol XXV 1947-49, 1951 (loose) Vol XXX 1952 – vol 82 2004 (then loose) Vol 83 2005 - present
Mind, Body and Spirit (Journal of the Army Physical Training Corps) 1971-1985
Officer No 1 1960 - No 36 1975
Regiment Magazine Issue 1 1994 - issue 54 2001
Royal Tournament Programmes 1950-53, 1955, 1957-59, 1960-67, 1969-99
RUSI Journal 1987 - present
- London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes Online
- MOD Annual Reports, Defence papers
- Statistics (Defence Analytical Services Agency)
- MOD Departments Agencies and Establishments
- Medals - current and eligibility
- Modern Army Corps and Regiments
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Debt of Honour Register - searchable database
- Armed Forces Memorial searchable database
- Victorian Era - military photographs, postcards, carte de visite etc
- Army Children Archive - lives and times of army children
- Service records - current and applications for
- Families in British India including records of the East India Company
- Boer War Casualties 1899 - 1902 online source from Military-genealogy.com (request lookups through Aldershot Library)
- British Prisoners of War 1939-45 online source from Military-genealogy.com (request lookups through Aldershot Library)
- Men of the Battle of Waterloo 1815 online source from Military-genealogy.com (request lookups through Aldershot Library)
- National Roll of the Great War online source from Military-genealogy.com (request lookups through Aldershot Library, which also holds the print set.
In 2010 Hampshire Libraries held their own 'Air, Land and Sea' Book Awards. 113 titles were nominated by the public with an expert panel of judges then narrowing the field to 40 books for the voting round.
The winning titles were:
Judges Award 'Aviation'
Bernard Marck "Women Aviators from Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride"
Judges Award 'Naval'
Geirr Haarr "The German Invasion of Norway"
Judges Award 'Military'
Andrew Salmon "To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951"
People’s Choice Award
Christopher Bullock "Britain’s Gurkhas"