Research Tips

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This section, and its sub pages shown under ‘ Content ‘ in the side Navigation panel, gives the reader an insight into how best to research the content within the Commando Veterans Archive, and  also provides some useful information about external avenues for your further research.  It additionally provides detail on how you can add to our Archive any information or photos that you consider may be relevant. 

View some frequently asked questions here FAQ's.


Asking questions or adding information to this site
If you have any questions about whether we have information on an individual, or you wish to add information about, or photos of an individual, then you should register on our Forum and ask your question, or add your information, in a message there. Before you do so have a read of additional avenues of research below, including the links at the foot of this page, then post your forum message. Our aim is to reply to all questions posted there. [go to forum registration....]

Service Records and Medals
This Archive does NOT have access to official records of any individuals’ military service. These are an essential source of information for researchers, and getting a copy of them is defintely a good starting point. If the nearest next of kin applies a photocopy of the entire record will be provided; otherwise you will only receive a transcript with limited detail.
 
Once you obtain a copy of the Service Record you will see that there are many abbreviations held within there.  
 
Follow the links on the side navigation panel of this page to find out more about applying, and/or to view a glossary of common abbreviations used.

National Archives Kew
The National Archives hold most of the separate Commando Units War Diaries and these can be viewed by arrangement with them. You will need a reader’s ticket, arranged through them, and again get as much information about your target research before your visit. You will need at least a day and maybe longer but again well worth the visit and an invaluable source of information.
 
Please check with the National Archives [visit their website] as to their regulations and rules as these do change from time to time.
 
You can find some useful Commando file references at the National Archives on the side navigation panel of this page.

Commando Veterans Archive Research Group (CVARG)
CVARG is a very small group of dedicated researchers into all things Commando. Most of the material on the site has been provided by or through CVARG members. They have either a family connection to, or are friends of,  the Commandos. Through their interaction they are willing to help everyone with research.
 
By referring to their own material and knowledge, or by directing the enquirers to the correct resource, CVARG members can usually be of assistance. The best way to get a response from CVARG is to register [go to forum registration] and post a message on the forum.  If someone can help they will respond there.
 
Now read on from the links below, or the side navigation panel on the right.

Ask questions / Add information

Use our Forum for research enquiries, or to add information or photos. [register now]
Your message will then be seen by our Research Group and the many knowledgeable members of our Forum. Read some frequently asked questions here [FAQ's].
 
All content is researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive.