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    Hi All,

    I am trying to trace my grandfathers war record I know that he was in the Royal Army Medical Corp, went through Dunkirk not sure of the regiment he was attached to at the time? He then went to Burma with the commando's but that is as much as I know. Sadly my grandmother had all of his service records and letters from the war years to her grave so I have nothing left to go on. He is not listed on the Forces War records website unlike my other grandfather who was.

    I'm just not sure where to start?



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    Super Moderator - Completely bonkers and will never change. Pam Downes's Avatar
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    Hello Rob,

    Welcome to British-Genealogy.

    You've obviously come to us via Forces War records, so this will explain the connection.

    Service records for all personnel who served after 1921/1922 regardless of when they enlisted are still held by the Ministry of Defence. Full details of how to apply for them, links to the forms to send, and details of what documents are needed, can be found at

    The records held on Forces War Records relate to specific parts of a persons' service, e.g. if they were a prisoner of war, and although there may well be reference to that in the service records, those other records are a separate entity and are usually held at somewhere such as The National Archives. They're also usually un-indexed, which means you may have to browse through a thousand pages before you find a mention of your ancestor. Or possibly not find any mention at all, so in that regard FWR can save you a lot of time, to say nothing of wasted trips, to search those specific records.

    Link to a tutorial on FWR

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    As well as everything that Pam said, it might be worth checking with the Burma Star Association. All my bookmarks are on my PC and I’m not, so I can’t post a link, but I’m sure Mr Google will know it.


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