Forces War Records holds well over 5 million WW2 records, such those injured or killed in action, those receiving awards, mention in dispatches or those captured as a P.O.W. etc.
You can search all of these by simply entering the names on our search box.
Unfortunately, all 'Service Records' for WW2 veterans are still restricted and only held by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) as they are still protected under the UK Data Protection Act and the MOD's own Policies.
We do not know exactly when these will be officially released.
Therefore, the Full-Service Records for WW2 are not available on our Website or elsewhere online.
you are the immediate next of kin or
you've got consent from the immediate next of kin or
It's more than 25 years after the death of the person
you can apply directly to the MOD for the service records. Full details how to do this can be found here where you can download and complete the relevant application form:
Form 1: Request for Service Personnel Details: Next of Kin form
Form 2: Request for Service Personnel Details: General Enquirer's form (If you're not a relative)
Form 3: Service Specific form
Please read these forms carefully as the MOD will provide instruction and may require you to complete other forms to accompany the selected form listed above.
Don’t worry if you do not have the Service Number, as long as the date of birth and full names of the person are provided then the MOD can normally find the record for you.
If the service person is still living, they must apply for these themselves or give written permission for someone else to do so on their behalf.
What is likely to be found in a service record?