Frequently Asked Questions
I served in The Royal Scots and would like to be reunited with my old pals.
See the regimental association page for details. there are also a number of websites which assist in tracking down old comrades:
Can I have a photograph of my ancestor?
Although we have a large photographic archive of varied types stretching back to the 19th century, the majority of photographs are unnamed so we cannot identify the individuals. The "mug shot" type of photograph used on identity documents is not available.
Medal Entitlement, Replacement Medals & Gallantry Awards
Medal entitlement is listed on a soldier's service record, see above. There are a number of firms which can provide replacements for lost or stolen medals but we cannot recommend one over another. These firms advertise in magazines such as soldier magazine, available from newsagents or at www.soldiermagazine.co.uk gallantry awards are accompanied by a citation which appeared in the london gazette and which will give the circumstances behind the award. See www.gazettesonline.co.uk researchers please note that most military medals awarded during the first world war were not accompanied with a citation, so finding the details behind an award is unlikely.
My relative was killed while serving with The Royal Scots, can you tell me where he is buried?
We can provide that information, but it is from a source you can also use, the commonwealth war graves commission website www.cwgc.org fill in the details of surname, initials etc in the box on their home page to search the database. This will provide your ancestor's number, rank, name, which royal scots battalion he served with, date of death and the details of the cemetery and location of the grave. It may also give age and next of kin.
The commonwealth war graves commission is responsible for marking and maintaining the graves of members of the armed forces of the commonwealth who died between 4th august 1914 to 31st august 1919 and from september 1939 to 31st december 1947 as a result of the two world wars. For some casualties who died before 1948, (excluding the first and second world war periods), all graves in india/pakistan and casualties who died after 31st december 1947, e.g. korea/falklands etc., contact:
PS4(A) NON WAR GRAVES,
WILTSHIRE, SN9 6BE,
TEL: 01980 615559
My relative served in The Royal Scots, can you send me his service history?
We do not hold copies of the service records of individuals who have been in the regiment. Those for the period up to 1920 are held at the national archives. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk also try www.ancestry.co.uk records for service after 1920 are still held by the ministry of defence and are available to the individual or their next of kin from:
HISTORIC DISCLOSURES MAILPOINT 400
65 BROWN STREET
GLASGOW G2 8EX