WW2 Army Service Record for my father who's still alive

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  1. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman

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    I went to see my father today and he expressed a wish to see his WW2 British Army service records.

    I've had a look at the MoD form and I see they require:

    "[1] a copy of your Photocard Driver’s Licence OR [2] your current Passport showing photo and signature...." - neither of which he now has as he's 95 years old.

    I'd like to hear from anyone who's run up against this difficulty (before I lock horns with the MoD!!).

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    https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-your-own-records
     
  2. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    I assume you do not have a LPA for your father, if so you can apply on his behalf.
    Sorry can't help with the identity proof question (my dad was deceased when I applied for his).
     
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  3. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman

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    That's right - fortunately he's in very rude health and, for his age, quite compos mentis. I suspect the committee who dreamed up this rule were all under 25 and had no concept of anyone older than themselves:).

    I couldn't possibly say that anyone with half a brain ought to realise that anyone who joined up before the end of WW2 is almost bound to be over 90 and, in general, no longer drives or goes to the Canaries every few months!!
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    Good luck with the pen pushers :D
     
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  5. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I applied for my Dad’s service records while he was still alive. All I had to do was get him to write a note and sign it, saying that he gave his permission for me to obtain his records on his behalf. I wasn’t asked for any other sort of identity - just as well ‘cause he didn’t have a driving license or passport either.

    I’m sure that if you explain the situation to them, they will let you do the same.
     
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  6. Philippa

    Philippa Always a lady.

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    I was just going to suggest that very thing, Ann, but (as usual) was a bit slow to get the fingers moving. :green-wacko:

    Give it a go, Flook, you will hopefully be pleasantly surprised at the result.
     
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  7. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Good luck Flook.
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    ():-)Hugs to Flook's Dad - because you still can -
    plus a green smiley: :green-wink:
     
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  9. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman

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    Thank you Ann. I'll open negotiations in the new year - they're probably very nice people really:)!
     
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  10. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Good luck - I'm sure a letter will suffice.

    I seem to remember they were very helpful.
     
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  11. Blackmogs

    Blackmogs Moderator. General Dogs(cats)body. Staff Member

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    Flook dear, as the others have said, they will be fine. I guess they need some sort of basic information control before handing out people's stuff to any old Tom Dick or Flook.:green-laugh:
     
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  12. Flook

    Flook A True Gentleman

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    I'm sure you're right and that they will be helpful. Just before I posted I'd taken some really strong drugs in readiness for today's hospital visit. Flook, I think, was a bit 'high' :green-biggrin:.
     
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    I've just re-read the form, and it does provide for someone applying on a person's behalf. I'm sure if you explain the situation, it will be fine :green-smile:
     
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  14. Auburn

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    The RAF chaps (can't you just see their handlebar moustaches!) seem to be proper gents.

    I have just received a letter today confirming receipt of my service record request for my dad (no longer with us). I only posted my application 3 days ago
    and they are apologising that I will have to wait up to 6 weeks - I was expecting them to say 12 weeks so I am really pleased.

    The chap who signed it is a"genealogy caseworker".
     
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