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.
Despite what some pay websites might offer, there is only one place to obtain  service records and that is via the links below to the Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force disclosure sections or cells. 
Provide as much information as possible e.g. name, rank, service number, date of birth, and parent regiment of the individual commando before you apply. Often family members can remember things like the regiment etc. so before you do so, enquire of them to see what information they already have.
The application can take several months to be returned but it is often well worth the wait.

Follow this link to learn How to apply for a Service Record.

Follow this link to learn How to apply for Medals.

You can also search the National Archives Recommendations for military honours and awards 1935-1990 [go to search page].

Remember the above is only the recommendation. Once the award is granted it is published in London Gazettes. When searching Gazettes remember to tick the box titled "Include Supplement". [go to website]