They will also need proof of death of the serviceman or woman such as a copy of their death certificate, obituary notice or funeral certificate.

Their address is: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission 2 Marlow Road Maidenhead Berkshire SL6 7DX National Archives The National Archives in Kew (used to be called Public Record Office) holds each army service record of soldiers and QAIMNS personnel who survived their World War One service and those who served in the forces before 1921.

Some records may not be complete due to London bombing raids of the Second World War.

Details can be found at Many have teams of researchers who can help with information and photos of specific time periods and locations.

As an example of information that can be obtained please read the George Main - Gordon Highlanders WW2 page.

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Welfare enquires are given priority over family interest enquires.

Records may not include specific theatres of operation or action seen but could include medals and awards though not citations. The Army Personnel Centre advise relatives who have completed their search to also approach the respective Regimental or Corps museums which may store war diaries.

There is a small charge for the information and in 2008 this was 30.