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General => Armed Forces => Topic started by: Francesanne on Sunday 26 April 20 17:15 BST (UK)

Title: Johnny Babchuck - 8th Army(Desert Rats)11th Armoured Brigade,Royal Signal Corp.
Post by: Francesanne on Sunday 26 April 20 17:15 BST (UK)
Hi,
I'm having zero success tracing the war records for a very close family friend who died many decades ago.He was a radio operator and an El Alemein Veteran. Johnny was born 26th May 1920/1. I've been trying to do his family tree as a tribute to his memory. He never married and had no children. His mother was Helen Babchuck (nee Kirk) and born in Ayrshire Scotland. I'm having very little success in tracing his birth records. I suspect he could have been born in America. His mother moved out there very briefly to join her husband but returned the following year without her husband.With his unusual surname, I thought it would be easy to track down his war records but sadly not worked out that way. Very frustrating. Would me very grateful for any help or advice.
Title: Re: Johnny Babchuck - 8th Army(Desert Rats)11th Armoured Brigade,Royal Signal Corp.
Post by: ShaunJ on Sunday 26 April 20 17:32 BST (UK)
British Army WW2 records are not online. You can apply to the MOD for a copy but it will cost you 30, and you would need to provide a copy of his death certificate.

https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records
Title: Re: Johnny Babchuck - 8th Army(Desert Rats)11th Armoured Brigade,Royal Signal Corp.
Post by: Francesanne on Monday 27 April 20 17:30 BST (UK)
Many thanks for that information. I've checked out our friends names on Forces War Records etc., without any success.  Thought with such an unusual name I'd find some trace. Thanks again for your help.