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Title: Need help finding my great grandfathers military record :)
Post by: emmacx17 on Sunday 05 May 19 10:00 BST (UK)
Hi everyone,

Im having some trouble finding my great grandfathers military records, because my great grandfather died in his 30's with no one else around that remembers him we have little information and not even a photo of him which I'd love to find one day.

His name is George Ronald Kirk he was born in Cadder, Lanarkshire, Scotland in September 1914. His parents names are John Kirk and Mary Kirk (Williamson, maiden name) George Ronald Kirk died a few years after he left the war following a church fall accident in Blackheath, London in 1949. We know he was in Royal Artillery and went to India during the war world 2 between 1939-1945. He was in the catering corp and stationed in Woolwich, Kent. I have tried many sites but haven't found anything for him.
Title: Re: Need help finding my great grandfathers military record :)
Post by: Jebber on Sunday 05 May 19 10:07 BST (UK)
The records of people serving after 1920 are held by the MOD, details of how to apply for them can be found on this  website, there is a cost of 30.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records
Title: Re: Need help finding my great grandfathers military record :)
Post by: MaxD on Sunday 05 May 19 10:23 BST (UK)
There is an attestation record of a George Kirk, no more detail, joining the Royal Artillery in 1938 and transferring to the Army Catering Corps in February 1943.

BUT - as Jebber rightly says, his record has to be applied for, it is not on line.  You don't need his service number as long as you have his date of birth and best not to quote the one for the above George Kirk as, although it is persuasive, it may be a different man entirely.

MaxD
Title: Re: Need help finding my great grandfathers military record :)
Post by: Kiltpin on Sunday 05 May 19 11:35 BST (UK)
I have done this twice - once for my father and once for my wife's father.
You will need a photo copy of the death certificate and an email address. Most applicants receive an email warning them that the records may not be complete, or faded, or hard to read, or full of jargon, or contain information that might be unpalatable.

A week to 10 days later a large envelope arrives with A4 and A3 pages. 

Then the fun begins! 

I have two more uncles in the pipeline. 

Regards 

Chas