Skipper Lieutenant's service record needed

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by temptage, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Could anybody find out any service details on a man who is buried in my local Cemetery

    Skipper Lieutenant Walter Wooldridge RNR MBE RD MiD

    I know at one point he served on HMS Barham, in 1940 I believe.

    A lot of his awards are from 1918, but I am more interested in his service in WW2.

    He died in January 1945 aged 53.

    Dont bother looking on the CWGC database as he isnt there!!!
     
  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    This looks like him:

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    Tim
     
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  3. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    According to his burial record - Skipper Lieutenant Rn (Discharged) - may explain that his death was non-service related. Although he may have had injuries sustained while serving that ultimately caused his death.

    Service records for Royal Naval Reserve officers after 1920, and for ratings after 1955, are held by the Ministry of Defence.

    There is an RNR service record for him covering WW1 period here: BT 377/7/125243 this seems to cover up until about 1924 - available online £3.50.

    There is an RNR card for him that covers 1924 - 1941 but there may or may not be more info - look here: ADM 364/2855 - not available online.

    Regards
    Hugh
     
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  4. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Hugh, I have never taken 'Discharged' as meaning death was not service related. In my local Cemetery there are over 20 'discharged' members of the Armed Forces who are on the CWGC database.
     
  5. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    "Dont bother looking on the CWGC database as he isnt there!!!"
    I was just giving an opinion that is all. You asked for help, I am trying to help you. As he was a skipper and not regular RN and indeed knowing how the MN were treated with regard to commemorations is the reason I gave my opinion. There may indeed by discharged members of the Armed forces from your local cemetery that are commemorated by the CWGC but that doesn't mean they all were.
    Regards
    Hugh
     
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  6. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Im sorry Hugh. I think my answer came across with the wrong tone. I wasnt having a go, it was meant to have agreed with you, but was only stating about the number in the Cemetery who were discharged, but still were under the jurisdiction of the acceptance of Remembrance.

    You are correct in your assumption that not all were commemorated. Having just finished looking through all burial records for the Cemetery, I have found over 100 potentials from both wars that I am going to try to chase up. No harm in looking, having found 5 burials in the Cemetery who were all commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, in the last few years. I also found 2 in Cleethorpes that were IFCP casualties.
     
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  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  8. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    No worries temptage :)
    Regards
    Hugh
     
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