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Mathew Steel Austin

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Peter Report 3 Nov 2013 23:13

I am just getting into the detail of Family History and I need some help re my Father,
Mathew Steel Austin,born 14 April 1906. He was in the Royal Artillery during the War.He was at Emden when the ammunition dump was blown up,That's as much as I know about his service record.Can anyone help!


KathleenBell Report 4 Nov 2013 00:19

WW2 army records are still with the MOD and not online. You can apply here for your father's records but they cost about £30 and take quite a long time to arrive (anything up to a year):-

Army Personnel Centre,
Historical Disclosures,
Mail Point 555,
Kentigern House,
65 Brown Street,
G2 8EX

EDIT - I see your father was born in Hartlepool which is my place of birth too. You probably already have this but this looks like your father with his family in the 1911 census:-

1911 census transcription details for: 2 Pratts Passage Hartlepool

National Archive Reference:
RG14PN29654 RG78PN1718B RD545 SD1 ED54 SN279
Reg. District: Hartlepool
Sub District: Hartlepool
Parish: Hartlepool
Enum. District: 54

Address: 2 Pratts Passage Hartlepool
County: Durham

Name Relation Condition/
Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born

AUSTIN, Thomas Head Married M 41 1870 Shipyard Holder - Up Whitby Yorkshire
AUSTIN, Maria Wife Married 16 years F 40 1871 Whitby Yorkshire
AUSTIN, William E Son M 12 1899 School Whitby Yorkshire
AUSTIN, Christiania Daughter F 10 1901 School Whitby Yorkshire
AUSTIN, Hannah P Daughter F 8 1903 School Whitby Yorkshire
AUSTIN, Matthew S Son M 4 1907 Hartlepool E Durham<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Kath. x


Peter Report 4 Nov 2013 09:30

Thanks for all of the information on how to apply for my Fathers Service Records
My Father's Family did live at 2,Pratts Passage.Hartlepool
Many thanks for your help.
Peter x


KathleenBell Report 4 Nov 2013 23:44

There is a photo of Pratt's Passage here:-

Kath. x


Peter Report 5 Nov 2013 15:38

Thanks for the photograph of Pratts Passage.

Peter x