Sandhurst Registers online

New College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Sandhurst (Image via Wikipedia)

Earlier today I randomly stumbled on the Sandhurst Collection website, where you can download entries from the Royal Military Academy‘s registers. The database is searchable online, and a scan of each entry can be downloaded for a small fee.

The entries do not contain anything too juicy, but all the same they tell you when an officer cadet was there, their basic personal information, and useful information such as their father’s occupation. Although it doesn’t seem like much, used alongside registration records, census returns and subsequent Army lists it helps you pin down the early years of an officer’s career.

The entry’s wont include wartime emergency commission officers, sadly, as Sandhurst closed in 1939 for the duration of the war. Many pre-war and post-war officers can be found, however, including Winston Churchill, Bernard Montgomery, Alan Brooke, Frederick Browning and Roy Urquhart. Closer to home I have also found the entry for Major Robert Easton MBE DSO, from Portsmouth.



Filed under Army, Family History, Uncategorized, World War One, World War Two

19 responses to “Sandhurst Registers online

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  2. x

    I hadn’t heard of this place before. So what is it like? Dartmouth without boats or a more dirty version of Cranwell? 😉

  3. James Daly

    I hear its a good place to learn important skills such as which knife or fork to use in which order. And on the passing out parade you can watch the Adjutant ride a white horse up the stairs and into the buildings.

  4. x

    Ahhh! Mess etiquette. One year I invited my old boss to a Trafalgar Day dinner. All week I prepped him about which way to pass the port. Sliding and not lifting the bottle. Not standing to toast Her Majesty. And about staying seated until the Pres’ “eased springs” or risk a fine. Being cruel I built it up daily so by Saturday evening he was babbling wreck…….

    More seriously I hope you find the site a useful resource. The web’ is blessing for this sort of research. Now I didn’t know Sandhurst closed during the war? The RNVR offices were trained at King Alfred. So what did the Army do?

  5. James Daly

    I believe there were officer training units dotted around the country, running short courses for chaps who had ‘officer-like qualities’, and other ranks who had been identified as potential officers. If you have a look at, they have a database of every officer who took part in Market Garden, and there are pre-war regulars, territorials activated mobilised in September 1939, hostilities only emergency commissions, and men commissioned from the ranks. David French’s very good ‘raising Churchill’s Army’ has a section on how the Army selected and trained its wartime officers.

  6. x

    Oily Qs………….

    That is something the man in the street does always appreciate about WW2, that very few of the soldiers saw active service all the way through. Large numbers of fresh blood (poor choice of words there) were trained for each successive campaign. While some would “sit out” waiting for the next show.

    On a tangent I remember reading somewhere an explanation of all those wartime accidental meet ups where brothers or friends would find themselves at the same point on the globe weren’t as random as first seemed. Basically the chap worked out the odds of the number of possible locations, number of units, and somehow factored in ages too. The next history I read where X met Y at point Z after not seeing him since him the start of the war lost all its magic.

  7. James Daly

    Exactly right x re units for campaigns. Hence why it was such an oddity for the 7th Armoured, 50th and 51st Divisions to be brought back to the UK from the Med for Overlord. Quite a few different divisions were formed, disbanded, re-activated etc during the war as various campaigns faltered, ended and started. As well as units in an organisational sense, once men had fought in a particular campaign it was quite hard to take them out, rest them and re-fight them – the men from North Africa and Italy who came to NW Europe felt that they had ‘done their bit’ and that it was someone elses turn.

  8. x

    Again it shows how total total war was, that even at time when there lots of transport available it was still difficult to move formations from place to place due to a lack of capacity. Then again this is mirrored in the Atlantic Campaign where “we” needed everything we could get and figures of just 1 in 10 convoys being attacked was serious.

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