BRITISH army service records of Chelsea Pensioners, including Spike Milligan's grandfather, will be made available online for the first time today.
Personal details of soldiers who were discharged between 1883 and 1900 will be released, including where they served and a physical description.
They include William Milligan, who joined the army in 1869 in Belfast at the age of 18.
The record shows that he was 5ft 9in and weighed 126lb, and lists a "slight varicose back of left leg" as a distinctive mark.
He served in the UK, Malta and Barbados, and had five children with wife Elizabeth before he was discharged on 25 April, 1896.