National rolls of honour

Incomplete and often inaccurate but can add useful details if you are lucky.

National Roll of the Great War and De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

Two privately-produced rolls listing men who served, which between them list thousands of men (most with a few lines of biography and in De Ruvigny’s many with photographs) but which merely scratch the surface in terms of proportion of men who were included.

  • Details of how the two were compiled are meagre but it appears both were by subscription (that is, the man or his family paid for an entry).
  • The National Roll is solidly an “other ranks” publication, de Ruvigny’s mainly officers. The National Roll in particular is not wholly reliable as a source of military information, but it does give a background and importantly it has an address for the soldier. It went out of business after covering perhaps 10% of the country.
  • The National Roll is now available as a searchable database at Ancestry or in printed form from The Naval & Military Press.
  • The early volumes of De Ruvigny’s roll can be downloaded as whole volumes from
Chichester Observer, Wednesday 13 August 1919

The Bond of Sacrifice

A privately-produced roll listing officers who lost their lives in the first years of the war.

  • Can be downloaded as a complete volume (free) from