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National service

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DazedConfused Report 29 Dec 2012 14:07

When I sent off for my dads army records I got his National Service records as well.

My dad was just too young to have served in the Army in WW2, he did however join the Home Guard (Dads Army) and the TA.

It appears that his TA time was attached to his National Service records, and he spent most of his time in Austria/Germany. Went in in 1946 and stayed in until 1951.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 29 Dec 2012 13:33

My father in law did his NS in the RAF from 1946, and yes, they can be ordered from the link Jonesy gave.

To be honest, it was so full of abbreviations for his postings, if he weren't around to fill in the explaination, we'd have had a lot of bother trying to work out what they meant.

As father in law is still living and filled up the forms, records came quite quickly at no charge. If your mother (or father) is still living, then they can do the same. Otherwise, it will cost you £30 with proof of death and may take up to a year to arrive.


Carol Report 29 Dec 2012 13:11

Thank you, I will try the website suggested.


Jonesey Report 29 Dec 2012 12:33

Although no doubt records will exist they are unlikely to be released into the public domain for many years yet to come.

Try an enquiry at the site below to see what records may be available to whom:


Andysmum Report 29 Dec 2012 12:33

They will be with the other records for the Regiment in which he served, and, like WW2 records, not generally available. (Except, I think, to next of kin).

Try Google - there are lots of entries.


Carol Report 29 Dec 2012 12:27

Are there records for national service since ww2? I know my father did this and would like to find out more.