The discharge record will reveal your ancestor’s service number and rank, as well as the reason for discharge such as joining the civil police, deemed medically unfit, sent to Bow Asylum, deserted, transferred, died, or retired.

Each record will provide you with a transcript. The information found in each transcript can vary but most will include the following details about your military ancestor:

  • Name
  • Discharge year
  • Date
  • Service number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
  • Battalion
  • Casualty returns pension
  • Archive
  • Archive reference

The records in this set relate to the 60th Regiment of Foot, better known as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They were compiled by Graham Clitheroe using original sources from The National Archives. Each record will provide you with a reference, which you can use to order the original records from the archive.

The 60th Regiment of Foot saw action in the Seven Years War, Napoleonic Wars, and Peninsular War. They have served in India, Burma, Afghanistan, China, and South Africa. The men found in these records most likely fought in The Indian Mutiny (1857-1859), in Canada during the Fenian raids (1866-1867), and The Zulu War (1879).

This infantry rifle regiment was first raised in the American colonies and was designated the Royal Americans. In 1747, the regiments were renumbered and the Royal Americans became the 60th Regiment of Foot. The British Army went through further changes in their practice of naming regiments, and the 60th Foot became the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. In more recent history, the King’s Royal Rifle Corps was amalgamated with the 1st Green Jackets and the Rifle Brigade to become the Royal Green Jackets in 1966.