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Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« on: Tuesday 23 April 19 10:02 BST (UK) »
Someone has recommended I use Gov.uk to apply for military service records for a mysterious great uncle of mine. That would work out at near enough 50 inc the required death certificate, with no guarantee of results, so I was wondering if taking out a one-month sub to Forces War Records would give me exactly the same results, or whether privacy concerns would limit what they have access to?

One of the few bits of info I have about him is his regimental number, so i know he was with the KOSB approx 1935, then with the RA by 1939. We're unsure when he was discharged, but might've been early 50s. He was born 1911, died in 1965.

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Re: Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 23 April 19 10:07 BST (UK) »
Force War Records do not have WW2 service records because of the privacy rules not concerns. They are only available through the Ministry of Defence. 

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Re: Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 23 April 19 10:14 BST (UK) »
FWR couldn't possibly be claiming to have WWII service records - that would be deceitful :o
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Re: Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 23 April 19 10:20 BST (UK) »
OK, thanks, I suspected as much, but when I searched for his regimental number on FWR, there was a hit, which I obv couldn't check out not being a subscriber. So presume FWR records only cover up to 1939 then?
Sounds like I'd better start saving up for gov.uk then...

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Re: Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 23 April 19 10:30 BST (UK) »
Here, for the avoidance of doubt and from their web site, is the list of military records that FWR do have.

https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/collections/

You'll note that they do have some items relating to WW2 but not the detailed service records held by MOD (and indeed they don't have the detailed Great War records either).

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Re: Gov.uk vs Forces War Records
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 23 April 19 11:01 BST (UK) »
Thanks, yeah, I see... They do have a few records after 1939 but nowt that would be relevant to me...