Royal Navy 1941 to 1946

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  1. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    Hi I wonder if anyone can help me. I have my Dads Royal Navy Certificate of Service. Im so interested to find out where in the world he went on his ships during the war and his career in the Navy. I dont know where to start.
    Thanks in advance
    Julie
     
  2. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    As suggested by Roy apply for his service records.The link below is the only place you will find his records.You will not find them on the internet so dont be fooled in handing over any money.

    Cost you £30 via the official government route
    Get a copy of military service records

    regards
    Clive
     
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  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    If by Certificate of Service you mean Form S549 you are indeed lucky. This Form was handed out on discharge and no duplicate was kept. So many have lost their's over the years. Post a copy here as Roy suggests and members will be able to help deciphering it and show you where he was serving.

    Tim
     
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  5. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    yes i have the form s549 and his s1246b torpedo school record. do you know if is service record is just the same or does it have more detail to it. thanks for your help.
     
  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Form S549 is the most useful and will have most of the information you probably want ie: Rating and ships he served on together with the dates. From these it will be possible, hopefully, to establish where the ship was when he was onboard. Problems occur if he served on small ships as then sometimes only the Accounting Base is shown rather than the actual ship. Post a copy on this Forum and we will see how far we can get. As you have the S549 I wouldn't bother with the Service Record from the MoD just yet - they may not add anything.

    Tim
     
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  7. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    thanks so much. i will post the form and hopefully get some good information
     
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  8. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    Hi where do I put my dads form on this website. or do i just download it here. thanks again for all your help.
     
  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Just download/attach them to this thread.

    Tim
     
  10. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    thanks again. dad.jpeg
     
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  11. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    The experts will tell you, but they all look like shore bases to me.
     
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  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    HMS Defiance and Drake are UK shore establishments. HMS Ferret was a shore establishment in Northern Ireland. HMS Golden Hind was a shore establishment in New South Wales, Australia - being built up to supply manpower for the expected increase in the war against Japan. HMS Woolloomooloo (what a fantastic name!) was an RN Repair Yard in Sydney, Australia. HMS Pursuivant is giving me some trouble, it was the Base Accounts and Accommodation Ship at Port Stanley, Falklands Islands, but what type of ship it was escapes me. There is one ship I can't read as the initial letters have been cut off in the copy (Sep-Nov 45).

    Tim
     
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  13. JackW

    JackW Member

    It would appear to be 'Golden Hind'
     
  14. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    No. The entry between the two for Golden Hind. It could be HMS Striker, an escort carrier undergoing repairs in Sydney at the time.

    Tim
     
  15. JackW

    JackW Member

    Oops, total misread on my part, sorry for that.

    Jack.
     
  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  17. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Thanks TD. Already seen that but still stuck on what type of ship Pursuivant was. I have found a WW1 reference that it was a shore establishment but suspect it's accuracy as it doesn't tie in with info at #16.
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    Tim
     
  18. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Cdr R.B. Martin (Rtd) was in charge of HMS PURSUIVANT, the Royal Navy communications establishment at Port Stanley. HMS PURSUIVANT was the name given to the base.

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    Hugh
     
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  19. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Write to the MoD medal office, it’s a free service they will confirm what medals he was entitled to, when they were issued, if they weren’t then the nok can claim them

    Google claiming ww2 medals

    Regards

    James
     
  20. julie oates

    julie oates Member

    Thank you so much for all your help. Sorry to sound silly but what does Shore Establishment mean?
     

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