Anyone require War Diaries or other files from the National Archives?

Discussion in 'For Sale & For Trade' started by Drew5233, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    FMP has him listed as a Private as POW in 1940 but then listed as Sergeant in 1945. Has him in 1945 with POW number 1592 in camp 344 Lamsdorf ex 1st battalion KSLI.
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  2. Bruneval

    Bruneval Active Member


    Thanks for the rapid turnaround of sending me the 1st Bn Royal Norfolk Regiment's War Diary for 1944. This has given me a fascinating insight into the Bn's preparations for D Day, the landings and subsequent operations in the vicinity of Caen. More importantly, I have a clear picture of what was happening on the day my great uncle was wounded.

    Once again, thank you and a Happy New Year.

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  3. Mark HEATH

    Mark HEATH New Member

    Thanks very much for that Clive, I'll check those links.
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  4. Wim Kievits

    Wim Kievits Member

    Hi Andy, I'm not sure where to drop the PM, but let's please discuss if you are able to help us. We are a recently installed history workgroup working towards autumn of this year when we want to organise an exposition about the liberation of Vught in october 1944 to commemorate the 75th birthday. The exposition will feature the step by step fighting/liberation during those 3 days.
    We also want to publish a book that will aim to present all the known facts about these days, based on war diaries, battle reports and pictures to get the most detailed and actual description of what happened during that limited number of days.

    Can you help me/us in that strive ? Once we have established contact, I can let you know and for which unit's diaries we are aiming. Regards Wim (
  5. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    While at Kew yesterday I looked up a few ADM 358 files, which are the casualty ones - interesting to see that on the front of a couple of them were the words DESTROY 2020 - see pic. It's only 10 months away, so I wonder how many other files will be destroyed without us knowing unless it's ordered!


    Attached Files:

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  6. EvoBlue_NZ

    EvoBlue_NZ Member

    Hi Drew,

    Thank you for your excellent and prompt service, rapid turnaround, plus answering my numerous questions arounf the 1994 War Diary of the 147 Regt RAC. I would highly recommend his service to anyone.


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  7. mark23

    mark23 New Member

    Thanks for the excellent service Drew. Most surely I will make use of your services again!
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  8. cervelo

    cervelo Junior Member

    Hi Drew,
    I'm interested in the background to a meeting between Churchill as First Sea Lord and Darlan as Admiral of the French Fleet in Dec 1939, TNA reference ADM 1/10250.

    This is part of a private project as to how my father's battalion (2/1st MG Bn, 2nd AIF) and other AIF formations ended up in Britain in 1940.

    As I'm in Australia, on your next visit to TNA, could you provide a copy of this?

    If you could PM me regarding any details (, that would be great.

    Payment would be by PayPal.

    Thanks in advance.
  9. Mandeep

    Mandeep Member

    Hello Andy,
    Looking for some help in getting the war diaries of 1 Indian HAA Regiment, 3 Indian LAA battery and 8 Indian HAA Battery.
    This is for a project I ma working on.
    If you could provide the details and modalities of payment directly to me ( or, it would be great.

    Thanks in advance.

    With regards,
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  10. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Well, something's very odd with the 4th Indian Division GS Diary (1943).

    All is well (though often very faded) until June or July 1943, but then somebody has bound in all kinds of random material: 21st Army Group OOB 1945, Intelligence on Operations in Arakan 1944, Operational Orders for 48th Lt Ind Bde, Operations in the Chin Hills 1943 (actually of interest to me!)--still going through it all.

    One wonders whether Tuker was simply reading up on intelligence all over the show.
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Do the pages look like they belong in the file? I suspect they are probably misfiled pages considering they are a different year and campaign.
  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    My initial thought was a mistake on your part, but (my faith being strong), I examined the prior and following images and they were there in the treasury tags. I guess, as you say, they were misfiled. IIRC, the appendix letters don't follow on.

    Do you think the N.A. will care/want to know?
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    How very dare you :lol:

    You can notify them and they do change stuff, just not sure what they will do with the pages if they don't know where they are from.
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  14. skimmod

    skimmod Senior Member

    Hello Drew, been ages since we last spoke, I do hope you are well?

    I have a quick question for you: In all your copying etc, have you seen the Diary for the 52nd Anti Tank, Royal Artillery?
    If so, i was wondering if they list the gun types they used in any of their returns?
    I've got myself thoroughly confused.
    The guns near the RSF last stand were supposed to be from the 206 A-T Battery from the 52nd, but they were described by the land owner at the time as 18/25-pdr but i find this unit might have used 2pdrs.... so perhaps not who i thought it was supposed to be at all!
    Can you help?
  15. skimmod

    skimmod Senior Member

    Cancel my last!
    all sorted - I have a report on a visit to the 52nd from a French unit describing their 2 pounders!
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  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    No probs Iain
  17. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    Cheers again Andy, great job as always.
  18. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Looking for some Merchant Navy files on my great uncle.
    Alfred Ernest Patey born Alloa, Scotland 21/11/1926.

    I’m looking for his CRS-10 service file from the 1941 to 1972 Fifth Register of Merchant Seaman's Service. These records are held at The National Archives at Kew in classification BT 382. His service file should be held in file “BT 382/1389” covering the surnames ”Paterson Wallace to Paton P P”


    It is his seaman's pouch R328353 PATERY A 21/11/1926 ALLOA | The National Archives - surname is misspelled but I’m assured by other forum members that it’s him.
  19. DanMorris1989

    DanMorris1989 Active Member

    Hi Drew,

    If possible I'm after the CRS 10 file for R260304 James Alfred Louis Harvey born 1st October 1923 in Acton, London.

    Part 1 Reference: BT382/749
    Part 2 Reference: BT382/2440

    I'm unsure which one he would be in if not both but would really appreciate your help in getting them as I'm unavailable to get to Kew for months.


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  20. Scott1975

    Scott1975 Member

    Two lots in a week, nice one Andy. 67th Field Regiment completed. Thank you.
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