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At the Centre we are inundated with requests to assist in family history queries and searches for World War Two wartime service records.
Previously we helped individual enquirers, however the volume of requests means we are now unable to provide this service. Instead we have set out useful addresses to help you start your search for WW2 information. If you wish to approach us regarding the possible donation of WW2 material please go to Donate Material, If you have suggestions regarding our Research Help page, for example additional addresses which have proved useful in your own research, we would be delighted to hear from you.
For all British services the most useful initial contact
is the Ministry of Defence at www.mod.uk Within
the Ministry of Defence website are pages relating to the Veterans Agency, www.veteransagency.mod.uk and
it is on these pages that the relevant details can be found for tracing
the records of Army, Navy and Airforce service personnel.
Other British naval sources.
As well as contacting the Ministry of Defence www.mod.uk other good sites for research purposes are:
Other British Army sources
If you have the basic service history from
the Ministry of Defence www.mod.uk and
would like to know more, it is worth contacting individual Regimental
Museums. A list is available at www.army.mod.uk
For those serving in the Indian Army official records are held in the British Library Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections www.bl.uk/collections/asiapacificafrica.html
For details of those held as Prisoners of War, enquiries should be directed to The Director, International Welfare Department, British Red Cross Society, 9 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1X 7EJ
Other RAF sources
As well as contacting the Ministry of Defence www.mod.uk the main source of RAF records is the Air Historical Branch at www.raf.mod.uk/history/ahb.html The Air Historical Branch holds RAF casualty lists from 1939 onwards and an archive of operational documents.
The Royal Air Forces Association has a good website at www.rafa.org.uk with a newsletter which can be used to re-establish contact with old friends. For additional RAF information one good site is www.rafinfo.org.uk which hosts pages for the WAAF Association, Aircrew and Groundcrew Search, Royal Air Forces Ex-POW Association and the British and Commonwealth Air Unit Register. Another useful RAF site is www.bomber-command.info an informative site regarding Bomber Command during the Second World War
For other countries:
For US forces:
For Canadian Personnel:
For Australian forces: the most useful Website is www.awm.gov.au the Australian War Memorial to research service and family history or find a name on the Roll of Honour. The Royal Australian Naval site is at www.navy.gov.au
The Royal New Zealand Naval Association is at www.rnzna.org.nz
For information regarding service personnel lost during
the Second World War the most useful Website is that of the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission www.cwgc.org
For UK family history enquiries The National Archives is at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk The National Archives catalogue can be searched online and the Website provides detailed information regarding access. The National Archives also holds copies of war diaries. Another useful link is the Family Records site at www.familyrecords.gov.uk which has a useful guide to starting your search.
Other useful sources for research are:
For information regarding evacuees one good Website is www.evacuees.ndo.co.uk
To re-establish links with old friends try:
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