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.
[Important note] 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.
Service records of Royal Marines who served in Combined Operations
Royal Marine service records that show reference to HMS Copra , HMS Quebec, HMS Dinosaur indicate service in Combined Operations either as Commando personnel, Landing Craft personnel, or in some other capacity. There were also other Combined Operations shore bases.
Victualling records were kept on all who served as such, and the record ledgers are kept at Restore Records Management, Navy Search, PO Box 7814 William Nadin Way Swadlincote DE11 1EG. ( Tel: 01283 227912 ).
An application made to the RN Disclosure Cell at Whale Island Portsmouth for a copy of World War Two, Royal Navy or Royal Marines service record should now include as part of the overall search package a victualling record search in the above circumstances. On receipt of the Service Record if any of the above applies check if you have attestation details from the records shown for any Combined Operations service. If you are unsure give them a ring and they will advise you if they did receive it as part of the overall checking process for service record applications.
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