Andysmum. Records generally do exist. Though they might not contain as much information as one would hope.
Two of my greatuncles enlisted prior to WW1 and retired sometime later. Then went back for WW2. Their early service records are on-line. But not the data for WW2.
Email to me in 2011:-
TNTUK Pan Gov Contract - Navy Search
Wed 07/12/2011, 12:22
"Thank you for your recent enquiry. In order to obtain the two service records to which you refer, you will need to complete and return the attached application forms.
Please contact our department should you have any queries. We look forward to hearing from you.
Navy Search "
Director Naval Personnel
TNT Records Management
PO Box 7814
William Nadin Way
Telephone: 01283 227913
Fax: 01283 227942
Thank you for your request for personal information. Your enquiry is considered to be a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We have given it the reference number shown above and it would be useful if you could use this in your reply to us.
When you reply to this letter, please remember to:
• FOR A GENERAL ENQUIRY - Enclose Part 1 & Part 4. Death certificate and cheque (see below).
• FOR A NEXT OF KIN ENQUIRY Enclose Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4. Death certificate and cheque (see below).
Enclose a death certificate, if the person died after leaving the service (you may be able to request a copy of the death certificate from the Office of Population Census and Survey (OPCS) Telephone 0845 603 7788.
Enclose a cheque or postal order for £30 per record, if you are not the widow/widower or civil partner of the data subject at the time of death, made payable to “The MOD Accounting Officer”. DO NOT SEND CASH! Regretfully we cannot accept Canadian Postal orders. (This non-refundable fee covers the research into the information you seek although we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to find any data relating to the individual).
Please only enclose copies of Death certificates etc as we do not accept responsibility for lost or damaged documents.
Please be aware that WWII documents were not produced in the same way as modern records due to a direct consequence of the conflict. They were not created or kept for research purposes, but for use by the government or law courts of the day. Consequently, you may find that the records you receive are not as full or as comprehensive as you might expect.
Please don't waste your money. The Royal Navy doesn't keep records of ex-personnel. They are given to the seamen on leaving the service so that they can be used as references for job applications.
If the records still exist, the person to ask would be whoever inherited his estate when he died.
The above link leads to the application form for WW2 service records which cost £30.
It's worth your mother applying, particularly if she can send a copy of his DC.
On the following link, scroll down to JoyLouise's post on 9 Oct 2016 10:54
From what she was told, the information from the records isn't particularly full. The majority were given to the Sailors on their demob.
I have just found out that my great uncle was in the Royal Navy in ww2. Is there any chance I can get his records? From my understanding you have to be next of kin , however he had no children so the closest people to him would be his niece and nephews / like my mother. Would there be any chance of getting his records if my mum tried? He died in 2000. Also , do you think there would be a photograph to his records?
Thanks very much in advance.