Finding relatives military history? (WW2)

#1
Assume there must be at least some on here that have done this in the past? I am currently trying to look up my grandfathers military history. Apart from knowing he was a cook, we know nothing, not his id number, regiment or anything (like quite a lot it seems he never talking much about that part of his life) Anyone have any tips on the easiest way (if possible) to do this?
 
#2
Hoody, I presume your looking for a WW2 record or later, him being your grandfather and that? If so this information is not online at Ancestry/Genes reunited etal, But WW1 service records are. However, using those sites to find his general history may help you piece things together about him, such as areas where he lived and when. Then you can start from there. He may have been in his county regiment, things like that.

With a full name and a birth/death date you can get quite far given luck and detective work (which is really what it is). Sorry I cant help more, but your starting right at the bottom.
 
#3
I would like to check out my grand dad from ww1. who left as a field commissioned captain. having joined as a private soldier. I assume he would have been a 2nd lt in reality..any ideas where to initially look. he must have been a lucky boy
 
#4
Spookily enough, I just emailed my mum the SPVA forms for the exact same thing not five minutes ago. If you have his full name, date of birth and permission from his NOK (Your mum, nan, whoever that may be) you can apply for his service records direct from the MOD. Army number would obviously help, but according to the forms it's not essential.

Click here for Part 1, which is the consent form to be signed by the NOK;
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Click here for Part 2, which is Service specific;
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(I've assumed from your OP that he was Army - Links to the Navy and RAF forms are on the same page)

Good luck, let us know how you get on.
 
#6
Is there anyway to find out post WW2? My Grandad was a Para from 42-49. He couldn't stand civvy life and joined the King's Dragoon Guards in '50 where he eventually became Sergeant-Major. I know a lot about him anyway, but would still be nice to see if I could learn some more from records etc.
 
#7
Is there anyway to find out post WW2? My Grandad was a Para from 42-49. He couldn't stand civvy life and joined the King's Dragoon Guards in '50 where he eventually became Sergeant-Major. I know a lot about him anyway, but would still be nice to see if I could learn some more from records etc.
See my post above - my grandad served roughly around the same time.
 
#9
Spookily enough ARRSE has a Military History and Militaria forum, hidden in plain sight under Army life/Interests and Hobbies, plenty of very knowledgeable people there who can answer these and other questions.
 
#10
Assume there must be at least some on here that have done this in the past? I am currently trying to look up my grandfathers military history. Apart from knowing he was a cook, we know nothing, not his id number, regiment or anything (like quite a lot it seems he never talking much about that part of his life) Anyone have any tips on the easiest way (if possible) to do this?
Be careful mate, this one bit of information alone has ominous portents. Don't be surprised in the slightest if he got banged up at some point for trying to smuggle a Hong Kong hooker back to blighty in his MFO box.
 
#12
Spookily enough ARRSE has a Military History and Militaria forum, hidden in plain sight under Army life/Interests and Hobbies, plenty of very knowledgeable people there who can answer these and other questions.
Shows what a nab i am, totally missed that one will post some images i have obtained there in a bit. here an image of him just incase anyone can make anything out?

 
#14
Lol probably would have been the highlight of his life if he had been? From what little I have been able to gather, I'm not even sure he ever left the British isles? One thing i can say though is who ever taught him to cook did a bloody good job.
 
#16
Now that's interesting. I don't expect you'd know why the bloke standing on the right had his face obliterated? That would probably have been an interesting story.
The uniforms do look like WW I period but other than that I find nothing helpful. Perhaps confirmation that there were a formation of THEM during the Great War is all I can make of it. :p

Unknown Group.jpg
 
#17
We've been wondering about that image as well, we got the image from my great aunt when she died, So whether it was a relative who had @#$%ed her off in some way or what I don't really know?
 

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