The King's Regiment: biographical research

A photograph from the collection of Arthur Procter VC, who became the first British soldier to be decorated with the Victoria Cross on the battlefield when HM King George V presented him with his medal at Amiens on 9 August 1916. Accession number 1975.498.1

Find out how to research a past member of the King's Regiment

Our curators are unable to answer enquiries at present. However there are lots of other sources of information about the King's Regiment which may be useful for your research. Find out what information is available and how to access it here.

These pages tell you how to research a past member of the King's Regiment. Included is a list of records available at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. 

Many records are only available online, sometimes on more than one site. We have listed the main sources but there may be others. Some records are free to view but others are available on either a subscription or pay per view basis. Some of the commercial sites can be accessed for free from your local library.

Was he in the King's Regiment?

The 8th King's Regiment became known as The King's (Liverpool Regiment) in 1881 and began to recruit from the city. In 1921 the title was altered to The King's Regiment (Liverpool). It has never been called 'The King's Own'. In 1958 it was amalgamated with the Manchester Regiment (63rd and 96th Regiments) to become The King’s Regiment. In July 2006 The King’s Regiment was amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment to from the present day Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  

You can find out about King's Regiment soldiers on the following pages:

Movements of Battalions

First World War database

The Museum of Liverpool holds a database of information on soldiers serving in the King's Regiment during the First World War. 

You can find out if a soldier you are interested in is featured in the database by searching this online index. You can search by surname, initial, first name, number, rank, or a combination of these. 

If the soldier is listed on the index, he may have further information contained within the database. The full database is not available online, but visitors can use the access point to see it in the City Soldiers gallery at the Museum of Liverpool. 

Search the Kings Regiment First World War database index

Other resources

Information about records held by the Ministry of Defence, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Public Record Office applies to all soldiers, whatever their Regiment or Corps.

For information on soldiers who served with the Manchester Regiment before 1958 contact the Museum of the Manchester Regiment:

Museum of the Manchesters
Ashton Town Hall
Market Place

0161 342 2254

For a soldier who served with the 10th (Scottish) Battalion the King's (Liverpool Regiment) (The Liverpool Scottish) contact:

The Liverpool Scottish Museum Trust
c/o The Regimental Secretary
RHQ Kings
New Zealand House
Water Street
L2 8TD

Hon Curator - Mr D Reeves
0151 645 5717