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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 21 March 18 14:07 GMT (UK) »
In terms of post-1920 Service Records from MOD, Next-of-kin only comes into play if the person concerned died within the last 25 years.
In which case permission has to be obtained from NOK to see them.

The only people exempt from the 30 fee are the surviving spouse or partner.

Good point - I always forget about that.  :) In this case though Susieloo and her brother would be considered NOK would they not, considering both her grandmother and her father are deceased,
 (unless there are siblings of her father still living)?

You can still apply even if you are not considered NOK but I believe you only receive a partial service record.


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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 21 March 18 15:31 GMT (UK) »
Ruskie,

That only applies if the serviceman or woman has died within the last 25 years.

If they died longer ago, there are no restrictions!
I have successfully applied, on other's behalf, for Army, Navy and Air Force service records, even though I had no relationship to the deceased.
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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 21 March 18 16:14 GMT (UK) »
Medpat - I had read the whole thread, but wasn't sure if my step-mother would have been considered the next of kin rather than myself or my brother. My father was an only child, but my grandfather wasn't (although I'm not in contact with that part of the family). Was just looking for reassurance more than anything else.

Thank you Ruskie, I'll pop my application in the post to them tomorrow and hope that I'm successful in finding out more about my grandfather. Fingers crossed I'll be able to commemorate him and the battles he fought in, properly, later this year. Thanks (feeling quite hopeful now!).

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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 21 March 18 22:55 GMT (UK) »
Let us know how you get on susieloo.

There used to be a long wait for records but as others have said, the wait is a lot shorter these days. A few years ago I waited a year almost to the day for my father in law's records.

With his application I included "extra" proof of relationships such as birth certificates just to ensure they believed the NOK was the NOK.  :)

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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 22 March 18 03:07 GMT (UK) »
Sorry if this sounds a bit gormless but does the same apply to RAF records for WW2? My late father was air crew, North Africa and then Italy, but due to some major family snafu any information such as his flight logs has been disposed of. Family lore has it that he actually returned his medals but I can't be sure how true that actually is, just that I never saw them. Hopefully I can send for his records on Mum's behalf?
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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 22 March 18 03:34 GMT (UK) »
information follows on from the same link as given above:

https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records

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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #15 on: Friday 23 March 18 13:47 GMT (UK) »
Cheers Debra! Things sent for in Mum's name can be a bit tricky, thank you Mr Alzheimer, but we will get there ;D
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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #16 on: Friday 23 March 18 13:57 GMT (UK) »
I applied for both of my parents records when my mother was still alive but suffering with dementia.  I applied in her name and signed on her behalf. 
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Re: Service record look up
« Reply #17 on: Friday 23 March 18 14:04 GMT (UK) »
That's pretty much what I did to get my brother's Stillbirth Cert last year. Just need to lay my paws on a copy of Dad's death cert, but I know who has that box of papers.
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