WW2 Service Records Address

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Paul Reed, Feb 26, 2004.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Service records for British Army Officers and Soldiers since 1920 are held by:

    Army Personnel Centre
    Historic Disclosures
    Mailpoint 400
    Kentigern House
    65 Brown Street
    Glasgow
    G2 8EX

    Email: apc_historical_disclosures@btconnect.com

    Telephone number depends on what surname you are requesting:

    A -CLAD : 0141 224 2743
    CLAE - FE: 0141 224 2826
    FI - KE: 0141 224 2544
    KH - OL: 0141 224 3515
    OM - SHEQ: 0141 224 2744
    SHER - Z: 0141 224 2335

    A fee (non-refundable) is payable for each search; I understand it is currently £25. It also takes some months to receive a reply.
     
  2. Simon_Fielding

    Simon_Fielding Withnail67

    Are there comparable contact details for RAF personnel?

    Simon
     
  3. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Simon - I will add details of RN and RAF in due course.

    If any of our US and Canadian and Australian (and NZ?) contributors can add details for their countries, that would be good, too.
     
  4. Chris Basey

    Chris Basey Senior Member

    Address for Royal Air Force records:

    RAF Records Office:
    PMA(Sec)1b(RAF),
    Building 248A,
    RAF Innsworth,
    Gloucester GL3 1EZ
    (01452 712612 ext 7622).
     
  5. Chris Basey

    Chris Basey Senior Member

  6. salientpoints

    salientpoints Senior Member

    And to summarise:

    ARMY CONTACT DETAILS

    Officers or Soldiers whose service ended before 1921*

    The National Archives
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 4DU
    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

    * Microfilm copies of WW1 service records are also held by the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints (Mormons). www.familysearch.org

    Officers or Soldiers whose service ended between 1921 and 1997

    Army Personnel Centre
    HQ Secretariat
    Historical Disclosures
    Mail Point 400
    Kentigern House
    65 Brown Street
    Glasgow
    G2 8EX

    Officers and Soldiers of the Foot Guards Regiments

    Regimental Headquarters
    The *** Guards
    Wellington Barracks
    Birdcage Walk
    London
    SW1E 6HQ

    *** Insert as appropriate: Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish or Welsh.

    ROYAL NAVY CONTACT DETAILS

    Officers born before 1914 & Ratings enlisted before 1924

    The National Archives
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 4DU
    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

    Ratings enlisted after 1924

    NPP Accounts 1, AFPAA
    Centurion Building
    Grange Road
    Gosport
    Hampshire
    PO13 9XA

    ROYAL MARINES CONTACT DETAILS

    Officers & other ranks enlisted before 1925

    The National Archives
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 4DU
    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

    Officers & other ranks enlisted after 1925

    Historical Records Office Royal Marines
    Centurion Building
    Grange Road
    Gosport
    Hampshire
    PO13 9XA

    ROYAL AIR FORCE CONTACT DETAILS

    Officers whose service ended in 1920 or earlier & Airmen whose service ended in 1928 or earlier

    The National Archives
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 4DU
    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

    Officers whose service ended in 1920 or later & Airmen whose service ended in 1928 or later

    PMA (Sec) IM 1b
    Room 5
    Building 248a
    RAF Innsworth
    Gloucester
    GL3 1EZ

    Home Guard & Service Medal Enquiries

    Army Medal Office
    Government Office Buildings
    Worcester Road
    Droitwich Spa
    Worcestershire
    WR9 8AU

    Regimental Histories

    The Imperial War Museum
    Lambeth Road
    London
    SE1 6HZ

    Regimental War Diaries & Information on Citations

    The National Archives
    Ruskin Avenue
    Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 4DU
    www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
     
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  7. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Thanks for all the additional addresses and input - it will make this a useful point of reference for future members.
     
  8. Jeff Floyd

    Jeff Floyd Junior Member

    For American records, the address is:

    Director, NPRC
    National Personnel Records Center
    9700 Page Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
    USA

    The center had a fire in 1973 that destroyed most Army and Army Air Forces World War II records. While the official story is that it destroyed the files from "Hubbard" through the end of the alphabet, there are actually some records in other files (mostly separation records).

    To get anything from St. Louis requires a veteran's service number or Social Security number and lots of patience.
     
  9. DirtyDick

    DirtyDick Senior Member

    I assume that you are all aware of the excellent Australian on-line referencing website for both world wars?

    If not, here it is: www.ww2roll.gov.au

    If you cannot access papers by name you should try just the service number.
    You can also order copies of their service papers for AU$14.60 (£5-ish).

    I've looked up a number of individuals and have only found one or two not listed.

    Richard
     
  10. DirtyDick

    DirtyDick Senior Member

    SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH

    I was recently put in touch by a third party with a very efficient researcher living in South Africa who has access to the SADF service records from both world wars and several decades either side. I am presently awaiting a first batch of photocopied records posted only a day or so after making the initial request. He also has very reasonable prices, and coupled with the strength of the £GB and US$ against the SA Rand makes for a very good deal.

    NOTE: I have no association with the researcher other than as a client, but thought that Pals would be interested in having the details of a good researcher in such a location, since SA records are not digitised and have to be photocopied and sent by post (and I have read threads about the difficulties and delays of seeking records direct from the SADF archives).
    If anyone wants his email address please leave a post and I will contact you dircetly (save filling up my In-Box).
     
  11. spider

    spider Very Senior Member

    Australian records are now held at the National Archive of Australia from WW2 back. Check out the web site for details and have an online order service.

    www.naa.gov.au


    Also the DVA site is a good one for a link to service details and certificates.

    spider
     
  12. macgregordespite

    macgregordespite Junior Member

    Where do I get Royal Navy service records?
     
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    52nd Airborne Green Jacket Brat

  14. Chris Basey

    Chris Basey Senior Member

    ATS RECORDS

    Does anyone have experience of obtaining records for women who served in the ATS during WW2? Do you apply to the same department as for men - Historical Disclosures, Brown Street, Glasgow?
     
  15. Belville

    Belville Senior Member

     
  16. Janice Hutt

    Janice Hutt Junior Member

    SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH

    I was recently put in touch by a third party with a very efficient researcher living in South Africa who has access to the SADF service records from both world wars and several decades either side. I am presently awaiting a first batch of photocopied records posted only a day or so after making the initial request. He also has very reasonable prices, and coupled with the strength of the £GB and US$ against the SA Rand makes for a very good deal.

    NOTE: I have no association with the researcher other than as a client, but thought that Pals would be interested in having the details of a good researcher in such a location, since SA records are not digitised and have to be photocopied and sent by post (and I have read threads about the difficulties and delays of seeking records direct from the SADF archives).
    If anyone wants his email address please leave a post and I will contact you dircetly (save filling up my In-Box).

    Hi there
    I would really be grateful to have the name of a reliable researcher, as I have almost given up on the one I paid a research fee to last November. I must admit, it was not a lot of money but it has been a long time to wait.
    Thanks
    Janice
     
  17. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    For Indian Army Records Up Until 1947:



    INDIAN ARMY - SERVICE RECORDS OFFICE
    The Adjutant General's Office
    Army HQ, West Block No lll
    R K Puram
    New Delhi 110066
    INDIA
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  18. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Address for Royal Air Force records:

    RAF Records Office:
    PMA(Sec)1b(RAF),
    Building 248A,
    RAF Innsworth,
    Gloucester GL3 1EZ
    (01452 712612 ext 7622).

    I would like to point out that applications for RAF service records should now be made at the following......

    Service records - RAF

    Service records of RAF Officers that served prior to 1922 and Airmen that served prior to 1924 are held at the National Archive.
    Service records for Officers and Airmen that served after these dates are retained by the Royal Air Force. RAF service records are retained by Service Number, Rank and Full Name, and will also contain the Date of Birth. It is important that as much of this information as possible is provided to assist in locating the correct record.
    Enquiries about RAF held records should be made as follows: From Current/Former RAF Personnel.

    A Subject Access Request (SAR) form needs to be completed and sent to:
    RAF DPA SAR Section
    Room 220
    Trenchard Hall
    RAF Cranwell
    Sleaford
    LINCS
    NG34 8HB

    01400 261201
    Ext 8175
    Ext 8172
    Ext 8173

    From Family Members and Other Authorised Individuals
    A Certificate of Kinship form needs to be completed and sent to:
    RAF Disclosures Section

    Room 221b
    Trenchard Hall
    RAF Cranwell
    Sleaford
    LINCS
    NG34 8HB

    01400 261201
    Ext 6711
    Ext 8161/8159 (Officers)
    Ext 8163/8168/8170 (Other ranks)
     
  19. Peter c

    Peter c Junior Member

    Hello all,
    I am still feeling my way around your very interesting WW11 Talk website.
    My father was in Assam and Arakan with the 25th Indian Division in Bill Slim’s 14th Army during the Burma Campaign, and I am just now typing out a stack of letters he wrote to my Mum from the front, but due to censorship, I have no idea from where in Burma he is writing.
    Does it say on his service records the details of where he served?
    And how do I go about getting these records?
    I have tried a few websites but they are a maze.
    I would be very grateful for any help.
    Thanks, Peter C
     
  20. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Peter c

    Firstly, Welcome aboard !

    You say:Does it say on his service records the details of where he served?


    If you click on my name (on the left), view Profile, and go to my Photo Album ,you will see the type of info you could expect from your father's records.

    No actual place names (other than in England) but certainly dates, units & main areas of command such as BNAF (British North African Forces) etc.,

    Regards

    Ron
     

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