Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Commando Veterans Archive ?

This Archive is a not for profit online source of free information about Commandos who have served since their formation in 1940 to the present day.

How is it managed ?

The website domain is owned and managed by John Mewett and his son Dan. There are two content managers, Pete Rogers and Nick Collins. We are the sons, and in Dan's case, the grandson, of WW2 Army Commandos. Unlike Service museums, etc. we are not funded but do our best.

How much does it cost ?

The website team freely donate their time and any costs involved.

Who are the website team ?

John Mewett and his son Dan, Pete Rogers and Nick Collins. View the answer for the question ‘How is it managed?’

Do the website team have any help ?

Yes. We have a few very good researchers who help provide verifiable information.

Do the website team represent the views of the Commando Veterans Association (CVA) ?

No. The website team, whilst some are members of the Association, they are not part of their management committee. As such any views they express are their own.

So what is the connection with the Association ?

The website Forum and Gallery were created by John Mewett and his son Dan as a means of providing a greater knowledge about the history of, and preserving the memory of, the Commandos; and to provide a platform that members of the association could use to help in achieving this. Later a main Archive was added to display content created by the website team from their research.

If I register on this website am I a member of the Association ?

No. To join the Association download the application forms from the Home page menu ‘Association-Membership.’

How do you use the personal data of users of your website ?

This is explained in our Privacy Statement here

Do you have access to official service records ?

No. Service Records can only be obtained by application to the MOD through their disclosure sections. Don't be fooled by pay websites that offer a similar service. Our Research Advice guide on the Home page provides details on how to request a service record.

If a name is not listed does that mean he was not a Commando ?

No. Our records are not complete. If you provide us with the details, including evidence of service in a Commando (see next question), then we will update our records. The best place to do this is by registering on the Forum and posting the information there.

What evidence of commando service do you require ?

Where we have no record, you must provide the evidence. This can vary from a copy of a service record, to a photo or even a letter. Anything referencing commando service in writing, or where commando insignia is visible.

How can I notify you of the death of a Commando ?

For Veterans who have left the Service use the Contact Form on the Home Page, select the category 'Website Obituaries', and provide us with the full details, including forename/s, age if known, unit, and date of death; For those who died whilst in Service, do the same but select the category 'Website Rolls of Honour', and provide us with the full details and cause of death where known.

Why are there different search facilities on the website ?

The Google Custom search checks the Forum, the Gallery, and the main Archive. This can result in a multitude of responses. So, for those wanting a limited check, we include a search facility specific to the Gallery, and another for the Archive.

How can I add information or photos to this website ?

Register on our Forum and post your information or photos there. Photos will be assessed and moved to the Gallery if suitable. Register on the Gallery to add a comment to any photo. We also have a Contact Form on the Home Page if you have any difficulties.

The photo I have posted on the Forum does not display ?

There is a maximum size limit for photos on the Forum which has likely been exceeded. Try reducing its size if you know how to, or use the Contact Form located on the navigation panel on the Home Page, select the appropriate category, and tell us what the problem is. Someone will be in touch soon.

Can I use some of the photos on your website ?

We have a Creative Commons licence for non commercial use displayed at the bottom of every gallery page. If your use is for a commercial purpose get in touch via our Contact Form and someone will respond soon.
Click on the link below & view p3 for clarity on copyright law.,

How do I report a problem on your website ?

Use the Contact Form located on the navigation panel on the Home Page, select the appropriate category, and tell us what the problem is. Someone will be in touch soon.

Do you manage the Commando Veterans Association Facebook page ?

No. The Facebook social media page is managed independently.

If I post a photo or info on the Facebook page will it be replicated here ?

No. Users must place their own photos on this website. The Facebook social media page is managed independently.

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