http://www.cwgc.org/ - commonwealth war graves commission
This is the link for obtaining UK service records:
http://www.1914-1918.net/ - first world war
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/ - forums
http://battlefields1418.50megs.com/ - history and battlefields of world war one
http://www.salientpoints.com/ - information about the first and second world wars
http://www.somme-battlefields.com/ - battlefields of the Somme
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/ - causes, events and people of world war one
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/last_tommy_gallery_01.shtml - the last tommy gallery
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1579248/Website-hosts-Britains-First-World-War-records.html - Website hosts Britain's First World War records
http://www.ww2talk.com/ - world war two forums
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/ - personal memories of world war two
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/ - causes, events and people of world war two
http://battlefieldsww2.50megs.com/ - battlefields of world war two
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/epitaph.htm = Kohima epitaph
- the royal artillery association forums
http://ramc-ww1.com/ramc_in_war.html# - the royal army medical corps in war
For Australia and New Zealand
AUSTRALIAN ANZACS IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918
2ND WORLD WAR DATA BASE: (ONLINE)
FIRST WORLD WAR NOMINAL DATA BASE: (ONLINE)
MILITARY & NAVAL HISTORY& GENEALOGY:
NAVAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA:
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
GALLIPOLI GRAVE SITES:
PAPUA NEW GUINEA WAR CEMETERIES:
WAR MEMORIALS IN AUSTRALIA:
AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER SQD Branch ...N.S.W
NEW ZEALAND GENEALOGY - MILITARY LINKS
NOMINAL RETURN OF CASUALTIES
WHICH OCCURRED IN ACTION AT KAURAU:
Kaurau (Kairau) 1861 Taranaki Wars Casualty Lists
Compliments of Hawkwind.
I recently obtained my late father's War Medal. You contact the ministry of Defence Medals Office. Here is the weblink
On there you can download the necessary forms to apply for any unclaimed medals.
Thank you for a very informative thread
The War Graves Photographic Project which has photographs of war graves and if no grave is present then a set of photographs of the inscription on the appropriate memorial.
Photographs may be e-mailed or sent hard copy as required.
Easy to use search available on site.
You might also like to try
AIF Project and
Mapping our Anzacs
if you are searching for Australian War Service information.
thanks for the info, bookmarked for later use.
The London Gazette is useful for tracing promotions during WW2
Many of the Squadrons have their own websites. Just enter the name into your search engine.
World War II RAF
Many men volunteered and joined up before war broke out in September 1939. Worth looking at RAFVR:
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve - Wikipedia, the free ...
The British Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) consists of a number of groupings of individual military reservists for the management and operation ...
Rather than a useful site a useful bit of information:
It is harder to find records for those who served between WW1 & WW2, for some reason these records are very hit and miss, mostly miss.
And having contacted Glasgow, it is not necessarily down to the WW2 bombing which left us with very fragmented WW1 records.
EDIT: As with most records they can be obtained by Next of Kin & as my grandfathers only living descendant I am entitled to access to those records (as my OH is able to access his fathers army records from the 60's). But Glasgow have told me that his records have either been lost or misfiled. And this was not that long ago. I also recently obtained my late fathers army records from just after WW2, he served 1946-1950.
Copy of post, originally by Janey Canuck, made 2/6/11 23:42
PP, as I understand it, the release date for most of those inter-war records has not been reached yet. My grfather stayed in the military after WWI to about 1925, and I'm patiently waiting.
Many men born in the UK enrolled in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI.
You can search those records here:
For most, the original enrolment form can be seen. It shows date and place of birth, occupation and address, and name and address of next of kin (wife, if married, mother, if living, sometimes sister or brother -- the NOK will often be in the UK).
This is also useful if there is a marriage in England around the time of WWI and the groom can't be identified -- he may have come from Canada in the Cdn military.
The Cdn counterpart of the CWGC site is the Canadian Virtual War Memorial:
Sometimes there will be different details there, and also the public is invited to submit photographs to be included in the record there. As well, the ornate pages from the Books of Remembrance can be downloaded and printed (linked from the casualty records).
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If you go to the CEF search URL in Janey's post, there's a search help link there with a link
"How to order a copy of a complete service file"
The cost is postage, plus a per page copying cost (with a discount for OAPs).
Another link is "War Diaries of the First World War"
Once you've gotten his or her service record, so know which unit they're in, you can look up the day to day activities of that unit. Officers will be mentioned by name, but rarely will "other ranks" be named.
Most WDs are digitized and online (also true of Oz AIF WDs).
A very good site.....
Thank you for adding useful information :-)