How do I find out what my grandfather did in WW2?

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How do I find out what my grandfather did in WW2?

Postby guthrie » Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:31 pm

I have been wondering for a while how to go about finding out what my Grandfather did in WW2. I have done some looking online, but its not clear where to go, and who to ask. My grandfather died 20 years ago, so, seeing as I was only 9 at the time, I didnt know anything. Besides, he was on Maltese convoys and apparently on the beaches at D-day, and udnertandably didnt say much about it all. So, all I have is his name, anyone got any idea where I go from here?
thanks in advance.



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Postby craig1459 » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:21 pm

Check on the national archives site
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/search-results.asp?catid=2&searchType=browsable&pagenumber=1&query=*&queryType=1&first_date=19400101&last_date=19491231

This has about 750 records from WWII and probably more if you keep looking

I've used it for researching WWI ancestors rather than WWII I must admit but it has proved to be a useful resource.

The Forces hold service records so there may be some available. I think each force still holds them separately - certainly the Navy Records are in South Derbyshire. I used to work for the Army's personnel HQ in Wiltshire so I should know for them but I don't :oops: May be worth checking the MODs website

Hope this is useful. My grandfather supposedly died at Anzio and I only have his second name to go on :roll:


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Postby Jenn » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:40 pm

Have a look at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/Research
it does what it says on the tin and helps to guide you through the research



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Postby madjon » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:43 pm

pre 1920 records are available at
http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/ ... ecords.htm

and post 1920 have to come from the mod who charge £25
http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/ ... t1920.htm#



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Postby guthrie » Sun Mar 12, 2006 12:54 pm

Wow, both those look like good palces to start, especially the service records place. Thanks very much.




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