Author Topic: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?  (Read 820 times)

Offline 1prouddevildogdad

  • RootsChat Extra
  • **
  • Posts: 2
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« on: Tuesday 03 July 18 13:43 BST (UK) »
Hello! I need assistance please. My granddad served in the Middx Regiment during WWII- all i know is this, he drove a Bren Gun Carrier, Landed on D-Day (i'm thinking SWORD) and when i was 10, he handed me a bag from a blown up bank in France or Germany with the money and medals (including an iron cross and Afrika Korps), of a German Officer. I keep them safe to this day. I really want to find out more, who do i contact? Thank you! I'm the only person in the family to care enuff to find out!

Offline PaulineJ

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 16,303
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 13:52 BST (UK) »
So you dont know his name?
What children he had?, (names, when, where)
All census look up transcriptions are Crown Copyright http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
======================================
We are not a search engine. We are human beings.

Offline Girl Guide

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,370
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 13:54 BST (UK) »
Hello Proud

Welcome to Rootschat

Do you know your Grandfather's date of birth?  You can write to ask for his service papers which will cost 30.

Here is a link to tell you how to do this:-

https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records

Read all the relevant sections and you can then apply for his service records.  Hopefully you will have enough to apply.

I assume he is deceased?  If so you will need to send his death certificate with the application forms along with the payment required.

If you get stuck, do ask again, there are lots of knowledgeable people on here who can help.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

Offline Ruskie

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 26,142
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 13:59 BST (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat 1proud...etc. :)

Is it his army service you are looking to find out more about or as much as you can about his life?

You could apply for his service records.
If you give us his name and date and place of birth we may be able to point you in the right direction to find him on the 1939 register and perhaps censuses.
Do you know his parent's names? Siblings?
The more you can tell us the more we should be able to assist you.  :)

Added: Snap GG.  :)


Offline 1prouddevildogdad

  • RootsChat Extra
  • **
  • Posts: 2
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 16:33 BST (UK) »
Sorry! George Eggleton, would have been from the Hillingdon-Uxbridge area. Thanks for the info to start the research - many thanks!!

Offline medpat

  • RootsChat Aristocrat
  • ******
  • Posts: 1,351
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 16:55 BST (UK) »
George Eggleton born Uxbridge 8th Oct 1920 Uxbridge MMN Neal

died 1995 Hillingdon.

Death Cert reference

Register Number:   A26B
District and Subdistrict:   2361A

You will need the death cert and DOB to obtain his service docs.
GEDmatch M157477

Offline Girl Guide

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 6,370
  • Census information Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 17:03 BST (UK) »
George is on the 1939 Register with his parents, brother and sister living in Uxbridge.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

Offline jennifer c

  • RootsChat Marquessate
  • *******
  • Posts: 7,754
  • Latest bud on my family tree
    • View Profile
Re: Help! Want to find out more about my granddad - where do I start?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 03 July 18 20:40 BST (UK) »
What are you looking for, George's army records or family tree information.

Jennifer
Stevens /Godfrey /Rudgley /Claridge/ Gipson /George /Bliss
Census information is Crown Copyright from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk