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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. Read the whole page - I don't always notice when they update it until someone tells me. There are 5 different...

    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 4:08 PM
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  1. Re- Abbreviations

    Afternoon everyone. Is there someone who could shed some light on the abbreviations on my father-laws Naval record. In the field with the heading ship in which serving it says Invalided (14/2/45), the next heading from says (nil FSL) in the last heading rating and discharge is DNA3aR/E. I know he...

    Started by kcapes‎, 22-08-2016 5:19 PM
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  2. Casino Casualties

    According to my uncles Service & Pay Book: F.C. Bradley enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment as Private 6412337 in the Infantry Regiment on the 14 May 1942. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment. They were serving as part of the 7th Indian Infantry Brigade, 4th Indian...

    Started by PedroB‎, 20-08-2016 3:18 PM
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  3. Irish deserters

    I have an unusual problem, and I wonder if anyone else has any experience in this area that they could share with me. My father was in the Irish army at the start of WW2, but he, along with thousands of his comrades, deserted and crossed the Irish Sea to Liverpool, where he joined the British...

    Started by pm07622‎, 25-07-2016 8:13 PM
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  4. Where is it best to look for Burma records

    Hi I am looking to try and trace My Dads records from the war in Burma circa 1940 -45. having problems even tracing him as an RAF Sergeant In any record , as he does not seem to be listed . No other info available as he always refused to speak about it whilst he was alive .

    Started by roger pell‎, 19-06-2016 7:36 PM
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  5. Efficiency (Territorial) medal

    I would like to find out about the Efficiency (Territorial) Medal. Are there records depicting the number of Efficiency medals awarded, to whom and why? Thanks

    Started by Descendant‎, 30-04-2016 10:55 AM
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  6. RCAF Leading ACM TOBIN or TUBIN Torquay 1945

    Hi Trying to trace a Tony Tobin or Tubin from Canada, based in Torquay in 1945. Any info would be most welcome as he was due to marry but demobbing took him back to Canada and all contact was lost. The region of Canada is believed to be a French Canadian Province. Trying to close a...

    Started by RJOHNW‎, 04-08-2016 3:52 PM
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    09-08-2016, 7:06 PM Go to last post
  7. Japanese Prisoner of War - Request for info

    I am writing on the off chance that someone may be able to assist me in my search to piece together details about my grandfather who was a Japanese prisoner of war. We have some very loose information about his time in captivity and I am hoping to fill in more of the details. I would be...

    Started by Ermantrude‎, 29-06-2016 8:44 PM
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  8. Brick wall

    I have been trying to find out about my uncle Fred Watt who was a dental surgeon - I believe with the Seaforth Highlanders in WW2. There seems to be no record of him through FWR. I have his medals. As I understand it records were lost in the war due to bombing. I'm hoping someone will have...

    Started by lfeltes‎, 07-08-2016 5:47 PM
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  9. POW

    I'm after some advice. My father was an Australian Soldier in WWII. He was captured in Crete and was a POW in Stalag 18a in Austria. He attempted escapes many times and was finally successful in 1945. I recently received a copy of his repatriation questionnaire and have discovered I have a half...

    Started by fax570‎, 16-04-2016 12:33 PM
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    30-07-2016, 11:49 PM Go to last post
  10. Royal Corps of Signals Records

    Looking for information about a wireless telegraphy engineer who may have been part of the Royal Corps of Signals in WWII. Does anyone know how to obtain those records?

    Started by Signal‎, 23-07-2016 11:51 PM
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    24-07-2016, 3:44 AM Go to last post
  11. Post Locating my Grandad

    Afternoon all Firstly, great community on here, some brilliant stories that have captured my imagination. Secondly, Im afraid I come to you guys for a bit of help locating the records of my Grandad. I and he lived in the Northwest of England. Name: Cyril Emmison Service number: 1559951...

    Started by coxis123‎, 13-07-2016 5:23 PM
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  12. Question Help filling in the blanks my Grandfather WW2

    Help with military records Hi hope you can help me I'm looking for more detailed information regarding my grandfathers service in WW2 He joined the Gordon Highlanders Aberdeen I think in 1938/39 Early point of the war British Expeditionary Force, was ordered to hold the Germans rear guard...

    Started by Exibit‎, 02-07-2016 10:08 AM
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  13. Looking for a Kenneth Strange

    Hi peeps I have a long story to tell regarding looking for the man above, I will not bore you with the unnecessary bits so have cut it short :) Kenneth Strange is or at least could be my husbands grandfather. We have been together 23 years and up until 10 years ago he always thought he knew...

    Started by Soozboo‎, 27-06-2016 11:56 AM
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  14. 43rd Recce Regiment, MV Derrycunihy 1944

    Hello all, I have a long term research project looking at the history of the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment in WW2. In particular I am researching the loss of the troopship MV Derrycunihy off the Normandy coast on Saturday, 24th of June 1944. 189 men of 43rd Recce were lost, along with 25 of...

    Started by 43rdrecce‎, 03-09-2014 3:40 PM
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  15. Baedeker Raid on York, 29 April 1942

    During the Second World War, the so-called Baedeker Raids of 1942 targeted 'cultural' cities in England in retaliation for the RAF bombing of Lübeck and Rostock in late March. Bath, Canterbury, Exeter, Norwich and York all suffered huge damage. The raid on York was in the early hours of 29 April...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 28-04-2016 11:14 PM
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  16. pow" lazarett" hospital

    I have just received my fathers pow index card and it tells me that in June 1940 he was in a lazarett at naumburg and then transferred to pow lazarett at bad launsick and then to stalag 1v b, the stalag I know about but the two lazaretts I can find no information at all , if any one can help I...

    Started by diverden‎, 25-04-2016 6:21 PM
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  17. 518 Squadron Coastal Command

    Hello all, New to this so please bear with me. I am researching the service history for a friend whose father was in 518 Squadron. There are no records of him, nor the squadron on FWR so I am supposing that the details may not have been released by the War office yet. I have seen his flight...

    Started by Tonyshew‎, 21-04-2016 2:27 PM
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  18. The RAOC in Hinckley

    Hello all - I have been lucky enough to find some letters between a man and his lady dating from the 1930s through to the 70s. Most of the letters were written during the 40s and are a very beautiful portrayal of their love. The man was stationed in Hinckley with the RAOC. He also talks about...

    Started by tracy777‎, 14-04-2016 8:45 PM
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  19. JOHN DEAKin, AFPU Army Film Photographic Unit

    Hello, as a representative of The John Deakin Archive I am looking for any reference or information others may have found to this British photographer, John Deakin. He served with the Army Film & Photographic Unit (AFPU) rising to Sergeant, was stationed in Malta during the siege, also in Egypt,...

    Started by jerseypeach‎, 04-04-2016 11:28 AM
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  20. Merchant Navy Records.

    I would like to know more about my Father-in-Laws time in the merchant Navy during WW2.Can anyone tell me if Merchant Navy records for are available on line

    Started by Susan Kitchen‎, 19-03-2016 2:27 PM
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