Hello, I am pretty new to this site so apologies if this sort of question has been asked before:- My father served on two ships during the war, the first was HMS Wallace (Duke of Edinburgh served aboard at same time), the second was HMS Newfoundland. I have Dads service records which shows him serving on this ship 8 feb 1945 to 11 sept 45. This ship was present in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the Instrument of Surrender 2nd Sept 1945, I think my Dad was on board at this time ( ie. his service record dates) and I also seem to remember he had a little paper flag of the rising sun fixed to a wood stick (maybe a momento of this occasion? ) but how can I prove he was on board and not on leave or absent for some reason, in other words are the service record dates 8 feb to 11 sept just general, and not show short absent times? etc. I have looked on Ministry of Defence site but there does not appear to be a contact for such a question as this.. Thanks in anticipation.