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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. Suez canal

    How do I find out about which Regiment my father was in during the Suez Canal Campaign. I know he joined up for National Service when he was 17years old. He was then posted to Egypt in the late 40's/early 50's but he never spoke of his experiences.

    Started by Jackie Edwards‎, 06-06-2014 5:27 PM
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  2. James Irons 'Ian' Gamble RAAF 421721

    I am looking to find out ANY information about James Irons Gamble from London (April 20th 1916 -June 11th 1944). I have just found out of his existence through researching my family tree - he was my mother's cousin (she never knew about him as his father died in the 1918 flu pandemic and he...

    Started by Tracey Moule‎, 06-06-2014 4:10 PM
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  3. 11th air training corp RAF Shawbury

    Hi, Trying to research my fathers war records. He was stationed at RAF Shawbury from June 1939 till May 1945; he joined as a conscription role as a butcher but was later transferred to flight observation which we believe involved been self sufficient behind enemy lines reporting on air craft...

    Started by wilf hughes‎, 06-06-2014 8:22 PM
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  4. Looking for my father's records

    Hi all, after a bit of advice My father served (I think) with the Northamptonshire Regiment inWW2. He saw service in North Africa and was wounded at Monte Casino. His name was Frank James William Mayes I can find no information about him and information on the Northamptonshire Regiment seems to...

    Started by Lazier sailor‎, 05-06-2014 9:21 PM
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  5. War time plane crash, how to find out more?

    Hi all, I have just picked up my research again after a year or so break and am trying to find out more about Eric James Tracey born 1921 died 1945 while serving aboard HMS Puncher. According to the Royal Navy research archive at http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/PUNCHER.htm Eric...

    Started by laroc‎, 04-06-2014 10:12 PM
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  6. Father's service records

    My Dad's service number seems to indicate that he was originally assigned to the Prince of Wales Volunteers. However his paperwork states that he was conscripted to the 8th South Lancashire Regiment on 15/01/1942 until 27/12/1942. He was then transferred to the Royal Artillery on 28/01/1942 until...

    Started by Janice Gerard‎, 03-06-2014 12:55 AM
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  7. Royal Artillery

    Anyone who can share history of 1st anti aircraft artillery which was earlier named as U light anti aircraft artillery.

    Started by RM Zamir‎, 03-06-2014 9:25 PM
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  8. ATS

    Very disappointed not to find any mention of this branch. My mother was in ATS - trained to drive a search light lorry - survived Coventry during the blitz. They played an important support role so is it not time they were remembered properly?

    Started by Jane Millwood‎, 03-06-2014 3:27 PM
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  9. chaffinch1

    hello. i am trying to find out about my father in ww11. his name was albert james perry he was in the r.a.c he was trooper. 14310052. can anyone help as i dont know what to do next.

    Started by chaffinch1‎, 03-06-2014 11:30 AM
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  10. Red face Major Bill Cowell - searching for military re

    My grandfather was in the Middle East in WW2 and was involved with the movement of tanks across the desert (Palestine/Egypt), for which he recieved a letter of commendation for designing a tank transporter (so I believe), he died just after the war so I never got to hear from him his story. He was...

    Started by excrofter‎, 02-06-2014 8:59 PM
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  11. Looking for records of my Uncle

    Hi all, I have just joined the Forces War Records site as im tying to find my Uncles War records his name was Albert Houseman but at the moment I cant find any record of him, he served with the Durham Light Infantry and received quite a few medals for his service for which he was very proud, these...

    Started by bob26786‎, 31-05-2014 1:29 AM
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  12. Smile 8th Ardwick Battalion ( Manchester Regiment )

    I have hit a brick wall in looking for my dad's details. I believe he was in the 8th Ardwick and finished off the war in service in Northern Ireland, where he met my mum, before being send back to England or Wales for the last few months before demob, taking mum with him. Unfortunately, Dad died...

    Started by pixieboots‎, 27-05-2014 1:21 PM
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  13. RAF Records - SOE

    My father, Gerald Scicluna, (Airman 1228098) was recruited into SOE during WW2 and spent some years behind enemy lines in France, reporting back to GCHQ on German troop movements. Although he was never one to say much about his war-time activities (probably because of the secret nature of it), he...

    Started by francescicluna‎, 24-05-2014 11:23 PM
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  14. My Fathers Army Records.Where He Served.

    Can any one help me. im trying to find out bout father army service. I believe he served in burma in WW2 with the british army. He was in the punjab regiment,no 13288.Serial no3994.It could be 14th Punjab regiment. He was born in1921.I would be most grateful if some one can help me with this.

    Started by bigbear007‎, 08-05-2014 10:35 PM
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  15. Regular Army Emergency Commission

    Hi, What does the term "Regular Army Emergency Commission" mean please (British Army WWII)? Thank you, Rosalind

    Started by rothsay‎, 23-05-2014 7:50 AM
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  16. Seniority Date

    Hi What does the term "Seniority Date" mean please (British Army WWII)? Does it mean the date my Father joined the War or the date he was promoted to another position during the War? Thank you, Rosalind

    Started by rothsay‎, 23-05-2014 7:54 AM
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  17. Dawkes

    I am trying to find out information about my mother who served in the ATS about 1944-1946. I have sent a lot of information that I have to the military and they say they can't find out anything about her. Her name is Pauline Dawkes and served in Malvern. Can any one help me please. We are trying to...

    Started by Annejh134‎, 21-05-2014 5:35 PM
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  18. Smile Does anyone recognise these names...?

    I'm looking to find out what regiment my grandad was in. Unfortunately his dementia took hold and he cut up lots of important photo's from his time in India during WW2. Though we still have quite a lot of photo's nothing that tells us what regiment he was in :-( I've taken down a list of his...

    Started by shellsgrandad‎, 21-05-2014 7:45 PM
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  19. Post How do I find out how a relative died in WW11

    How do I find out how a relative died in WW11 I am keen to find out how my Grandfather was killed in WWII. I know his name, rank and the Operation in which he was killed. I know where he rests and have visited him often with my husband and mother. However, my grandmother spoke very little about my...

    Started by perdy308‎, 20-05-2014 7:09 PM
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    21-05-2014, 8:41 AM Go to last post
  20. Prisoner of War in Singapore and Java camps

    Hi, I am looking for photos, historical maps and detailed information of the Batavia main camp, Java and other Batavia detached camps from the main camp or other POW camps in the Batavia area (Djakarta nowadays), in and around 1942...as my Granddad, a British soldier RA, was imprisoned at...

    Started by mart42‎, 15-05-2014 10:46 PM
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