What is currently available in service records

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by kiwi craig, May 18, 2011.

  1. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Back in 1994 I requested my Father’s service record. Attached is a copy of what I received. Can anyone advise if this is still what is provided, or has the information improved, or even a photo copy of the records. It took me 16 years to get to Kew and copy the War Dairy.[​IMG]
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Kiwi Craig

    I can understand why you would be disappointed at the lack of detail in your Dad's records and am loth to understand why it should be so limited.

    Go to my Personal Page and look at the large amount of detail shown in my Army Records Album.

    Even allowing for your Dad's later POW experience, why do his records not show his earlier details ?

    It is worth contacting the MOD again and please do not hesitate to send them a sample sheet of my own records and ask the question "Why have you not sent me similar material ?"

    Best of luck !

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Reapply & you'll get scans of the actual documents.
  4. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Reapply & you'll get scans of the actual documents.

    Hi Kiwi Craig
    Do as the man says ! It will cost you £30-well worth it though. Have a look at my album on my personal page-it shows what copies you get-and a lot more besides-these were received in 2008.

  5. CL1

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

  6. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member

    Its all to do with the Freedom of Information Act. Reapply now and you get the lot rather than the previous summary.
  7. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Thanks all for your advice. I have down loaded the forms and will apply again. I will post the results of what I receive.
  8. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    After 10 months and $84nz later I finally received the following;









    In reading through the information is limited. It answers some questions but creates many more.
  9. bofors

    bofors Senior Member


    I did a similar thing to you and got the full records after writing back, I have posted them on here as well. Got some answers to my questions, but some I did not. I also got a abbreviation of the war diaries for my Father's regiments (Royal Artillery LAA regiements from Firepower) and they helped give a better view.

    As he was a POW, the Red Cross may have more information too?


  10. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    This is the link to the ICRC Archives Searches for next-of-kin are free which is a bonus.

    Does it say Stalag 6A?
  11. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Thanks Rosy & Robert. I have the IRIC report. On his capture he was treated at Zuydcoote hospital June 1940. he has transferred to 17/21 British General Hospital RAMC till July 1940.
    From there he was sent t0 VI/A and then to Stalag VIII/C and used as slave labor down the mines.
  12. Tanja van Zon-Anderson

    Tanja van Zon-Anderson Senior Member


    I have so free to see into the album of Ron Goldstein en 4jonboy, to have a look at the service record. And I had a look at Kiwi graig his documents.

    I have applyed for the service records of my uncle last november. Of course I will have to wait and see what I will recive. But by any chance, does somebody knows what will have happend with the letters my grandmother wrote to the War Office after she had heard that her son was killed in action? I was told that her letters would be saved in with service records.

    I expect to find:
    - service records;
    - last will/testament;
    - exhumation report;
    - letters of my grandma

    Am I expecting to much?


  13. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    Hi Tanja.
    I don't no the answer about personal documents and records, or what happened to those of the diseased. I would suggest you start your own thread on the subject, there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum.

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