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    In the U.K., and it may depend on which part you live?, if you use the public computers in your local library you get free access/use of Ancestry.com.

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    Dunno... My Dad's (Korea) records were lost in the '73 St. Louis fire even though their website only shows Army & Air Force records being affected. My sister worked hard to find out his history. She eventually got a copy of his record and he got a military presence at his burial ceremony...

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    I tried the same thing to get information in UKicon. My Grandfather served in Ww1 and Ww2 in the Royal Navy, then
    Merchant marine. OBE DSC etc Ww1, sunk a submarine etc. Never got any information.Side note, sailed to NYC to pick up stuff for Russiaicon in
    Ww2, customs saw his pistols on his desk and seized them!! Never got them back. Canadaicon customs never bothered
    him over pistols, Canada was at War.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can14 View Post
    I tried the same thing to get information in UK. My Grandfather served in Ww1 and Ww2 in the Royal Navy, then
    Merchant marine. OBE DSC etc Ww1, sunk a submarine etc. Never got any information.
    If a former serviceman served in U.K. armed forces after 1939 you currently need to approach the MOD to access their service records but I don't believe that they have to give anyone access to the records. This may change in time if the records are released to public records. On a number of occasions, I have tried to find the service records of former Britishicon servicemen who served in both WW1 and WW2 but have never been successful. I concluded that the WW1 records were most likely held with the WW2 records by the MOD but I have not pursued the matter by contacting the MOD to ask. I, of course, don't know this for sure but it has been true in all the case which I have looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RASelkirk View Post
    Dunno... My Dad's (Korea) records were lost in the '73 St. Louis fire even though their website only shows Army & Air Force records being affected. My sister worked hard to find out his history. She eventually got a copy of his record and he got a military presence at his burial ceremony...



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    Same thing with my Grandfather's service records. I have a brief snippet of his service in Europe from Feb to April 1945 with Co. B 254th Infantry Regiment because of the webmaster of the 254th's website had some information on him, but that's it. I know he joined the Army on April 9, 1944, but he never would talk about the war in Europe at all. He would talk about boot camp, how cold the winter of 1944-45 was, but never anything about where he had been, or what he had seen.

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