Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Bobpike, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    I have a friend, stirred by VE Day is keen to find out what hid Dad did in the war.

    He was JOHN JOHNSTONE with the 8th Army and possibly the REME and survived the war. He was born on 24th December 1917 and enlisted on the 12th of January 1940 at Woolwich and his service number was 7619016.

    Can aNyone help please

  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    The simplest solution is to get him to apply for his dad's service records from the MoD:

    Get a copy of military service records

    They should tell him who he was with and when, then you can look into the units.
  3. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    7619016 is a `Royal Army Ordnance Corps` number but as Idler said only the Service record has the full story.

  4. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    Thousands of RAOC men were transferred into the REME in 1942 so he might have been one of them.

    But you will only know for definite if you get his service records.

    Hope this helps

  5. Bobpike

    Bobpike Member

    Thank you all are there any other avenues to investigate notably wth regard o RAOC
  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    There will be lots but you won't be able to tell which are blind alleys/rabbit holes until you apply the filter of his service record.

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