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Offline chris_49

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James Jones WW2
« on: Saturday 05 January 19 13:01 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone help finding the war record of James Jones? This query was posted in the "Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor Nostalgia" group on Facebook.

[I am looking for information on James Jones, born Lancaster, last quarter 1918, to George Jones and ? Darwen. George was a publican and logging house keeper on China St in the 1911 census, James Jones married my sister Mary Jefferson Davey in Morecambe in 1947. They both moved to Canada in 1954 with Anthony and * , born in England, and *, born later in Canada. James, Mary and Anthony are now deceased.
My interest in James, on behalf of his daughters ... relates to his service in WW2. We have applied twice to the official MOD records office in Glasgow with no success. We know, within our family that James served in the Royal Tank Regiment. Possibly in 4 and 6 RTR, and for certain in 2RTR. He fought the early battles in the Western Desert in North Africa and, as part of the 7th Armoured Brigade in 2RTR in Burma: the 1942 Retreat from Rangoon back to India. His Tank Regiment was decimated in Burma. He and several mates walked out with only the rags on their backs. At some point he was wounded in the face and stricken with malaria which affected him throughout his life.
His remaining family have met nothing but headwinds trying to recover a record of the war service of their Dad. As their uncle I am determined to try to help them. Hence my note of today asking for any insights readers may be able to provide.
James was awarded several medals including the Burma Star. The apparent sticking point is his military service  which we do not have. I was born in Morecambe in 1940. Thank you.]

It seems odd that the MoD can't find anyone - granted there would be many servicemen called James Jones but the regiments should have helped identify him, unless the enquirer has got the details wrong.

I tried the Burma Star Association site, but for searches they refer you to Veterans UK, which in turn refers you back to the MoD.
 
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Re: James Jones WW2
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 05 January 19 13:36 GMT (UK) »
He is still at home in 1939 so you can get his date of birth from there.  Transcript has it wrong.  ADDED It may be better to get the birth certificate in case 1939 register is wrong
Census information is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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