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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Finding service records for WW2 and after

    Service records from WW2 (indeed, starting from 1921) and after have not been released by MOD yet. The forms to apply for a copy of service records for someone who has died are HERE. As you will see from the info on the site, the amount of information provided to anyone other than the next of kin...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 19-04-2014 9:15 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: FWR Members Please Read

    Those members of Forces War Records who have clicked on Free Forum should be aware that they are now on the British Genealogy Forum. This forum is owned by FWR, but is a separate entity, and existed for some years before FWR took it over in 2013. Members should be aware when posting on British...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 27-02-2014 3:08 PM
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  1. Evacuees from Wanstead to Leeds

    Hello I have just been to the Golden Wedding celebrations of a family friend. She and her family have been close friends since her and her sister were evacuted from Wanstead in London and assigned to my Grandparents in Leeds. My Mum loved it as she gained two younger sisters and even went back...

    Started by ShirleySS‎, 09-10-2010 12:44 PM
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  2. Blitz 70th Anniversary

    Hi all As today is the 70th Anniversary of the first day of the Blitz I thought you might all like to see the first day's bomb attacks for 7th September 1940 listed in meticulous detail (including streets and houses) taken from London Fire Brigade records. This is the first time they have been...

    Started by Titanicfan‎, 07-09-2010 3:04 PM
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  3. st johns ambulance - how to find info please

    Hello I have come across my grandfathers St Johns Ambulance association badge, complete with his no. on the back. Is there anyway to find out the information to go with this at all please. any help would be wonderful thanks Maz

    Started by maz1‎, 24-09-2010 9:47 PM
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  4. Evacuated to Funtington

    I was just listening to a programme on BBC I-player "Witness: Child Evacuees" and it got me thinking about my father who was evacuated from Tooting, South London, to Funtington in East Sussex aged about 10. I know very little about this as he died in 1980 and had not really spoken of this. I do...

    Started by N@alie‎, 13-09-2010 3:12 PM
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  5. Gillingham and Battle B-26 crashes

    The Gillingham and Battle B-26 crashes of June 6, 1944 On June 6, 1944 two B-26 Marauder Bombers which were stationed out of Station No.161 located in Boreham, Essex while on route to a mission the 42-96263 was involved in a mid air collision with the 42-96050 of the 587th Bomber Squadron, 394th...

    Started by Lori.o‎, 05-09-2010 9:04 PM
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  6. Special Operations Executive - aka SOE

    I have found an incomplete listing of members of this group on Wiki. Does anyone know where a complete list might be found? Thanks Colin

    Started by Colin Rowledge‎, 03-09-2010 6:23 PM
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  7. The Drill Hall, York Road, Southend 1939

    I am trying to find out which Territorial Army Unit was based at the Drill Hall on York Road in Southend-on-Sea at the outbreak of war in 1939. I have tried to borrow a copy of "Always Ready: The Drill Halls of Britain's Volunteer Forces" by Mike Osborne (published in 2006) but it's not avaialble -...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 24-08-2010 12:06 PM
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  8. AA Command in Norfolk in 1940

    In August 1940 the 2/6th Battalion (The Essex Regiment) 65th Searchlight Regiment, which was part of the Royal Artillery’s 41st Anti-Aircraft Brigade, which was in turn part of 2nd Division of No.2 Corps of Anti Aircraft Command. (Blimey! I think I've got that pedigree right!). That same month they...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 11-08-2010 5:12 PM
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  9. American GIs - Lancashire WW2

    Hello there. I'm new to this so not sure whether this is the right forum to be posting in, but I need help tracing my American GI grandfather. I believe his name was George Bishop (or possibly Bischof/Bischoff) and he was stationed on Fleetwood Pier in Lancashire during WW2. Unfortunately, I know...

    Started by lochris‎, 04-07-2010 2:05 PM
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  10. WW2 Records

    Hello. I'm trying to find out if a relative of mine was in WW2 . The relative in question was born in 1903 so would have been 36 in 1939. I'm not sure of the age limit for which a person could join up or the conscription limits. I spend most of my time trawling WW1 records and i'm not too...

    Started by Susan Kitchen‎, 22-05-2010 4:26 PM
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  11. CMP - 195 Provost Company (Ports).

    Does anyone have any information concerning the deployment of 195 Provost Company (Ports) in NW Europe between October 1944 and the end of 1946 please? There's nothing much mentioned in G.D.Sheffield's history of the Redcaps about specific Ports Companies, nor in Mike Chappell's book about the...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 29-07-2010 9:16 AM
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  12. ‘F’ Battery, R A Searchlight Depot 1944

    In October 1944 my father was posted to ‘F’ Battery, the Royal Artillery’s Searchlight Depot. This move was apparently made because enemy air activity was so greatly reduced that his regiment - the 65th Searchlight Regiment – and many others like it - was to convert to a Royal Artillery Garrison...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 09-07-2010 12:23 PM
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  13. Anit-aircraft defences in S Lincs.

    I realise that this is my fourth request for information this month and I apologise if it appears that I am monopolising this part of the forum at the moment ...but... Does anyone have any information they would be willing to share concerning the distribution of Anti-Aircraft defences in South...

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 22-07-2010 9:58 AM
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  14. Medical examination before demob

    Was it normal practice for a soldier to have a medical examination before returning to the UK at the end of his service in Europe and prior to demob? Paul

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 13-07-2010 2:01 PM
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  15. Disembarkation at B.L.A in NW Europe

    My father arrived in "Northwest Europe" from the UK on January 28th 1945. According to his Army Form B103-1 he disembarked at B.L.A. Does anyone know where that is please? Paul

    Started by PaulDorrell‎, 10-07-2010 9:11 AM
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    My grandfather James McEwan was a sergeant in the home guard in lanarkshire Scotland during the war. In 1943 he was injured and died as a result of these while on maneuvers with the regular army. He was buried with full military honours in Cambusnethan Lanarkshire. My question is would there...

    Started by Andradan‎, 17-06-2010 5:23 PM
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  17. RAF - Manchester - 1945

    This photo is of Thomas Davies born in Tipperary, Ireland in 1927. He joined the RAF in Manchester on 15 August 1945. I should think the photo was taken about that time. Is it possible to find out anymore about him?

    Started by Mutley‎, 07-06-2010 7:42 PM
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  18. Wink HMS Lamerton L88 1941-46 Hunt class destroyer

    HI, I would like to hear from any person that may know anything of the of this ship or any person who may know of somebody that served on board the ship betrween 1941 when it came into service till the end of WW2.

    Started by tony martin‎, 07-04-2010 5:16 PM
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  19. British POWs sunk by British between N Africa & Italy

    My father died in 1942, he was taken prisoner, by the Italians, in North Africa. His name is on the El Alamein memorial as having died 14 November 1942. My mother and grandmother repeatedly asked the then War office for details of his death and were told that he had either died of illness in the...

    Started by Dolly‎, 16-05-2007 11:34 PM
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  20. Solihull Fire Brigade Coventry Catheral 1940

    Does anyone know of details regarding the Solihull fire engine called to fight the burning Coventry Cathedral during the November 1940 Blitz in WW2. My Father was on duty with the Solihull Brigade during the Coventry Blitz. Richard Isaac

    Started by bibiaust‎, 25-12-2009 7:31 AM
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