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Your chance to question Ministry of Defence medals and records experts at Family History Shows

Ministry of Defence Medals and Records Offices, part of Defence Business Services, are attending family history show events where you can question the experts.

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The MOD Medals and Records Offices, part of DBS, are to attend the Family History Show at the following events:

York 22 June -
South West at UWE, Bristol 6 July -
Sandown 24 August -
Family Tree Live at Alexandra Palace 26-27 April Family Tree
The Genealogy Show at the NEC, Birmingham 7-8 June Genealogy Show
Rootstech at Excel, London 24 - 26 October 2019 Rootstech

The shows are attended by family historians, societies and genealogical organisations. The MOD stand, supported by Restore plc, will be staffed by a DBS team, with colleagues from the Air Historical Branch and Restore plc.

They will offer:

Live post 1921 service record search facility

The MOD continues to hold all service records where the individual had a discharge date of post 1921, these total around 10 million records, with about 500,000 having seen service in World War 1. Subject to access to the database that supports the MOD’s main archive, an assisted search facility will be offered that will in many cases enable confirmation of whether the MOD holds a record for an individual. This information can then be used to apply for the record using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, some or all the following information is required: surname, initials, date of birth and service number.

RAF casualty packs from World War 2 are being transferred from the MOD to The National Archives. Using the MOD’s archive and cataloguing database, an assisted search facility will enable identification of the pack that may relate to an individual. This information can then be used to either access the pack at The National Archives, or, for those yet to be transferred, apply for details from the pack using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, the following information is required: the name of the individual(s), date of incident and type of aircraft.

Interpretation of service records

If you already have a service record but are unsure what it says or how to interpret it, then DBS experts will be on hand to assist you.

Service Record application research

MOD have commenced a project to digitise the application process. Come and see the latest version and have a go!

The DBS team look forward to seeing you.

Published 21 January 2019