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My Dad's WWII Service Records
« on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,  I've only just discovered my father's service number during WWII.  He lived through it, but passed in 1991.  There's no one left alive to ask questions, and would like to view these.  Does anyone know where I can do please, other than applying for his record from the MoD?  I also have no idea which medals, if any he might have received.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:17 GMT (UK) »
Sorry, the only place to get his records is the MOD
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:23 GMT (UK) »
Ah right.  I see that Ancestry has available WWI service records, prob not WWII in case some peeps are still alive.
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:25 GMT (UK) »
The MOD have not released records for anyone who was still serving in 1920.  Ancestry have some WW1 records but the large majority of those were destroyed in WW2
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:35 GMT (UK) »
The MOD have not released records for anyone who was still serving in 1920.  Ancestry have some WW1 records but the large majority of those were destroyed in WW2

The records I obtained were one was war dead, the other survived.
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Newell,Barrett,Matthews,Batstone.
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 18 November 17 16:40 GMT (UK) »
The MOD have not released records for anyone who was still serving in 1920.  Ancestry have some WW1 records but the large majority of those were destroyed in WW2

The records I obtained were one was war dead, the other survived.

You were lucky to find records that had survived
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/service_records/sr_soldiers.htm
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 21 November 17 00:39 GMT (UK) »
Hi Flora-Mae.

If you have your father's service number, that will help a great deal if/when you apply to the MoD for his service record. It is something which is highly worth doing - I learned a lot about my own father's war once I received the record. It will cost you 30 as you are not (obviously!) the soldier's spouse or the soldier himself plus you will require a death certificate, but once you download and fill out the forms which are available from the MoD website you should be good to go.

As I said, it's really worth it.

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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 21 November 17 09:00 GMT (UK) »
Hi Flora-Mae.

If you have your father's service number, that will help a great deal if/when you apply to the MoD for his service record. It is something which is highly worth doing - I learned a lot about my own father's war once I received the record. It will cost you 30 as you are not (obviously!) the soldier's spouse or the soldier himself plus you will require a death certificate, but once you download and fill out the forms which are available from the MoD website you should be good to go.

As I said, it's really worth it.

RRTB

Hello RRTB,  thank you so much for this.  I've looked on the MoD site and found it a little confusing, which form would i need to apply with?  I think I have his death certificate, and he died in 1991 and I *think* the site states that the person must have died more than 25 years ago (which it is!) so will be going this route I think.

Thanks again,

Flora-Mae
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Re: My Dad's WWII Service Records
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 21 November 17 09:51 GMT (UK) »
He may not have claimed his medals. You can find out the status of his medal entitlement by emailing here:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-medal-or-veterans-badge

Don't be put off by the apparently tight NOK rules. As long as you can prove your own relationship they have no way of checking your NOK pecking order although you may want to discuss this with any siblings first.

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