Each one of our antecedent Regiments has a comprehensive store of archive material and provides a research service to the general public.

Details can be found at:

The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum and Archives;

The Green Howards Museum and Archives;

The Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum and Archives;

Museum Research

The York Army Museum receives many requests from around the world to conduct research on family members who may have served with the antecedent regiments which were merged in 2006 to create The Yorkshire Regiment.

  • The West Yorkshire Regiment (14th Foot) 1685-1958

  • The East Yorkshire Regiment (15th Foot) 1685-1958

  • The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire (14/15th Foot) 1958-2006

The information that we hold in our museum archives is primarily historical records of the Regiments and their battalions rather than individuals.  We hold very few service papers and documents, or Army records of service for individual soldiers.  We can; however, tell you what a soldier was doing and where he may have served, provided you are able to tell us in which Battalion he served and include his Army number.

We can provide you with a bound report within 5 weeks of receiving and enquiry.  This report will include:

  • A summary of his service including enlistment, length of service and demobilisation. Medal index card, detail of medals earned, copy of the medal roll entry, campaigns and battles taken part in.

  • War Diary extracts and regimental history extracts.

  • Information from external sources including the National Archives, London Gazette,, extracts from specialist publications written specifically about your soldiers regiment and/or battalion.


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Other Useful Research Sites:

Private George William Chafer VC

G.W. Chafer joined the East Yorkshire Regiment on 2nd June 1915. He was given the Regimental number 19384.  After a few months of training in the UK, Private Chafer was posted to France on 21st December 1915. By landing in France before the end of 1915, Private Chafer qualified for the bronze 1914/15 Star, the silver British War Medal 1914-20 and the bronze Victory Medal 1914-19; the latter two were automatically awarded to holders of the Star. The medal roll for the two medals shows that Private Chafer only saw active service with 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.