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Dad's war record

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kittylester Thu 11-Jan-18 20:22:03

I have done no family history at all- I'm waiting till I'm old! My brother and I have different memories of what we believe we were told about Dad's War Service.

Somewhere in the back of my mind I seem to remember that there is a way to search for it. I am hoping that someone can help us. Thank you.

Jalima1108 Thu 11-Jan-18 20:29:35

I haven't used this site, so don't know how helpful it is.

If you start kittylester, beware you may become addicted!

kittylester Thu 11-Jan-18 20:43:57

Thanks Jalima.

I found that site by Googling and he's not there! confused

Squiffy Thu 11-Jan-18 20:44:12

kitty I’ve just done this! They’ll send you forms to fill in asking for information on which force he was with, rank and you’ll need a copy of his death certificate. It’s all quite straightforward and costs £30. It takes a few weeks for the record to come through - my DF’s was pages long!!

kittylester Thu 11-Jan-18 20:48:52

Thanks squiffy. My brother thinks Dad flew Lancasters. I think he was a radio operator. We both think we know that he was stationed in Aden and Leicestershire.

Do they need the actual death certificate?

Jalima1108 Thu 11-Jan-18 20:52:26

I found DFIL on that site, he was RAF but I could now send for the full record, thanks Squiffy.

jusnoneed Thu 11-Jan-18 20:54:53

Ancestry has military records, not looked at them myself so not sure if you would find all you want but might be worth looking. You can have 14 days free trial, they will ask for your card details but you can cancel just before the end of your free days so no payment made. Or carry on if you get hooked!

Jalima1108 Thu 11-Jan-18 20:56:56

I'm not sure if they are mainly WW1 as I found some others from that time but not DFIL's WW2 records on there.

Jane10 Thu 11-Jan-18 22:01:43

I recently discovered that my Dad started in the Royal Artillery but ended up in the Royal Army Medical Corp. He never talked about his war service so we never knew that. As ever, if only I had asked more when he was still around. sad

Fennel Fri 12-Jan-18 07:25:13

WW2Talk is a good forum to find out that kind of thing.
The members are knowledgeable and helpful.

spyder08 Fri 12-Jan-18 11:59:35

Kitty. If you find you do need a death certificate they are easily obtained online from the GRO website. There is usually a link to this from sites such as Find my Past although I am sure you can acccess it directly too. Last time I ordered one I think it was around £9.
Good luck with your research

Squiffy Fri 12-Jan-18 12:07:09

Kitty Only just seen your reply to my post! Yes, they need an actual copy of the DC, but as spyder says, they're easy to obtain and cost £12.00.

It's definitely worth doing, as you'll probably find out a lot about your DF. Mine told us hardly anything, so it's like a jigsaw puzzle trying to piece it all together.

Good luck!

kittylester Fri 12-Jan-18 12:15:55

Thank you all. I'm on a mission now!