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1 Applying for service records on Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:23 am


Has anyone done this and been pleased with the results?

I am contemplating sending for my uncles and already bogged down just reading the instructions.  

Technically my father is the next of kin but it seems I can make the application with his permission.  
Don't know his service number or his NINO nor have copy of death certificate.

On the plus side it would be interesting to read because he went to India and Singapore.

Hubby sent for his fathers a few years ago but that was easier with the P-H name and we already had a copy of the death.

What do you think?  Comments appreciated Smile

2 Re: Applying for service records on Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:36 pm

> ... NINO ...

Er, whassat?   Embarassed

I've never tried it.  During WWII my father was in the RAF as an engineer on ground maintenance of planes, and the furthest he got away from home was RAF Leuchars in Scotland, so his records wouldn't make the most interesting of reading.

Sorry, can't be more help/encouragement  bounce


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3 Re: Applying for service records on Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:38 pm


Oops sorry it's an abbreviation we used at work all the time and has stuck - it's National Insurance Number Laughing

That's ok you can help me with ordering the death because it's not on BMD.  Found it on Ancestry but haven't done one that recent before - which of these numbers would I use to order?  
I'm used to doing the volume and page number from BMD but this one has 3 lots of numbers.

Robert John Hinchliffe

Birth Date:
8 Mar 1925

Date of Registration:
Dec 1998

Age at Death:

Registration district:

Inferred County:

Register Number:

District and Subdistrict:

Entry Number:

4 Re: Applying for service records on Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:42 am

Oh, I've never done one like that either Surprised  Really not being much help with this at all, am I? Embarassed

Could you pop into your local Registrar's Office and ask them which numbers to use?   Question


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5 Re: Applying for service records on Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:37 am


This is what the GRO form asks for so that's still only two numbers not three  Neutral

District name and Number*  

Entry Number*  

DOR (Date of Registration, mm/yyyy)*

Think I will ask on Roots - someone always has the answer to any question on there (apart from where George is of course!)

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