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Armed Forces: Archives

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the attestation papers of Irish regiments disbanded in 1922 are deposited; and if he will make a statement. (187261)

[holding answer 20 February 2008]: Many records did not survive due to the destruction of the Army Records Centre during the Blitz. If they have survived, attestation papers for non-commissioned ranks whose service ended before circa 1 Jan 1921 will be found at The National Archives, in classes WO 363 and WO 364 or in earlier-dated classes if discharged prior to the outbreak of the first world war. For those whose service ended in 1921 or later and whose attestation papers have survived, the papers will be among the British Army service records now held by TNT Archive Services on behalf of MOD.