Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by nitecard, Aug 10, 2009.

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  1. Hi

    I really don't know if this is the right place to ask, but here goes:

    I am researching into my late father's life, he served in The Intelligence Corps between 1940 and 1951 and then in the reserves, he served mainly in Greece.

    He was very tightlipped (naturally) about what he did and I am trying to find out if there is anyway I can research into what he actually did, this 10 years is a big chunk of his life about which I know nothing.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction.

    Any help gratefully received.
  2. If you look through the Military History forum, you will find that similar questions have been asked before.

    Ask the MOD for his record of service and then research the units listed in the National Archives. Do not be surprised if you don't find anything though.

  3. I will - thanks
  4. Is it that it is the Intelligence Corps I want to research that I am unlikely to find anything, or is it general WWII thing?
  5. The Int Corps is just another Corps in the Army and, while there may be bits and pieces in your old fellow's documents not in the public domain, the outlines of his service, at least, should be clear.

    Good advice upthread, incidentally.
  6. Your old man's record of service is likely to state:

    07 Jul 40 - 07 Jul 42 - Y unit Blankshire
    08 Jul 42 - 08 Jul 44 - X unit Whiteshire

    If you then search the TNA for the unit war diaries, you might find that a report was not submitted for the duration of your father's sojourn with that unit!!! Or if one was submitted, it says something like "all quiet on the Western Front". Names are very rarely used even when the unit suffered large scale casualties.

    Or maybe I am just unlucky with my research!