The Suffolk Regiment Archive

The regimental archive is held at the Suffolk Record Office in Bury St Edmunds, and is accessible to the public Monday to Saturday, 09.00 to 17.00. No appointment is necessary to view.

The archive was deposited on loan in the Record Office by the Trustees of the Regimental Museum in 1995 and has been regularly added to ever since.

The archive is arranged in four sections.

1) Records relating to the Regiment as a whole or to more than one battalion. These include information about the Colours, honours and decorations, war memorials, copies of the Army List and maps of areas where the regiment served.

2) Records of individual battalions ­ regular, territorial and war-time service battalions, and the Home Guard. There are printed histories, a few war diaries and nominal rolls and miscellaneous papers.

3) Record of regimental institutions ­ the Depot, the Suffolk Regiment Association, the Regimental Chapel, the Old Comrades Association and the Museum. In addition there is a complete set of the Suffolk Regiment Gazette and an almost complete run of the Britannia and Castle newsletter.

4) Finally, the largest section is devoted to records relating to over 450 individual soldiers. These might be records written by them, like diaries, letters or reminiscences; their official records, like pay-books, attestation papers or commissions; or items kept by them as souvenirs of their time in the regiment.

In addition, every section contains photographs ­ nearly 20,000 in total. These illustrate the life of the Regiment between 1862 and 1959: on active service, starting with Afghanistan in1880, peacetime activities at home and abroad, sport and social events, individual soldiers and groups. The Record Office has a searchable database of all the named photographs.

To contact The Suffolk Records Office call: 01284 352352 or follow this link:

(This is the home page, from which you can find out where we are and how to contact us).

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