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ex-Service organisations and Registered Charities
HM Armed Forces Related
Supporting Britain's Reservists & Employers (SaBRE)
Health / Welfare
Legal / financial
Discounts for Veterans
Tracing Comrades11 Independent Field Squadron Terendak Malaya
Internet site that reunites, comrades and colleagues from the Military Forces. Database held with thousands of Units, Squadrons, Ships, Regiments and Battalions from the Armed Forces around the world including UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Examples of listings include The Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force, The British Army, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Australian Army, Navy and Air Force, Royal New Zealand Army, Navy and Air Force.
Trying to locate an old Pal or Friend
You should include a contact telephone number.
This is a large UK database of ex-military and military personnel run by ex-military personnel to assist in locating old comrades.
The safe secure way to contact past friends and colleagues. The largest active community of serving and former service personnel in the UK.
Imperial War Museum
Fax: 0207 416 5374
0207 416 5000 switchboard
0207 416 5291 (Film and video archive)
0207 416 5287 (Pictures of RN ships)
0207 416 9851 (War Memorials)
0207 416 5222 (Documents Department)
0207 416 5344 (Library)
0207 416 5344 (Make an appointment, at least 24 hours in advance, to view a particular regimental history)
The Imperial War Museum Shop
Tel: 0207 416 5327
The Imperial War Museum Shop sells companion volumes for the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Army and RAF to assist in tracing family history. Currently priced at £5.99.Navy News
Tel: 023 9229 4228
Fax: 023 9283 8845
Navy News is a monthly newspaper providing a free contacts column.
Unit 3, 5 Sybron Way
Millbrook Industrial Estate
Tel: 01892 600192
Publishers of RAFA magazine provide an opportunity to locate old colleagues.RAF News
“Where are they now Section”
Tel: 01452 712612 ext 5590 or 5591
Fax: 01452 510848
Provides free advertising (under 30 words) to locate old colleagues.
The Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
Telephone Number: 020 32072100
Fax Number: 020 32072276
Legionline: 0845 725 725
Website Address: www.britishlegion.org.uk/
The Royal British Legion (Scotland)
New Haig House
Logie Green Rd
Telephone Number: 0131 557 2782
Fax Number: 0131 557 5819
Website Address: www.rblscotland.org.uk
Royal British Legion Magazine
Redactive Publishing Ltd
17 Britain street
London EC1M 5TP
Tel: 020 7880 6200
Soldier Magazine (‘Searchline’)
Provides a Searchline column offering researches into military matters.
Major D Cadwallader
Tel: 01252 347353
Fax: 01252 347358
UK based Armed Forces Friend Finder allowing you to find lost military friends and colleagues and reunite with old mates from the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
Royal Military School of Music
London TW2 7DU
Tel: 020 8744 8628
Fax: 020 8893 8746
CERTIFICATE SERVICESOffice of National Statistics (for England & Wales)
PO BOX 2
Tel: 0151 471 4800
Can order certificates for births, adoptions, still births, marriages etc in England and Wales by post or telephone at a cost of £11.50 by credit/debit card. Next day “priority” delivery currently costs £27.50. Allow 28 days for delivery.
When making contact, you should specify name, date, if known, and place registered. Also provide a telephone or fax contact number.
General Register Office (Scotland)
New Registrar House
3 West Register Street
Tel: 0131 3340380
49-55 Chichester Street
Tel: 02890 252000
Deals with certificate enquiries on births, deaths and marriages since 1922, for dates before that, you should contact the Dublin Office on the number below.
General Register Office (Eire)
8-11 Lombard Street East
Tel: 00353 1671100
General Register Office
Tel: +44 (0) 151 471 4801
This office does not engage in genealogical research.
If the birth was registered with the unit and/or with HM Consul then contact the Overseas General Register Office above for overseas birth certificates (BFG etc). If not, you should contact the relevant hospital direct.The National Archive (formerly The Public Records Office)
The National Archive is the national archive of the UK. It brings together and preserves the records of central government and the Courts of Law, and makes them available to all who wish to consult them.
Public Records Office
Tel: 020 8876 3444
Fax: 020 8392 5286
Public Records Office
Tel: 020 8392 5200
Holds information covering detention, care of children and adoption arrangements for the period 1850-1971 in class MH102.
Family Records Centre
Family Records Centre
1 Myddleton Street
Tel: 020 8392 5300
Norcap (Adults affected by Adoption)
112 Church Road
Tel: 01865 875000 10.00 - 4.30pm
Fax: 01865 875686
When tracing adoptees, the date registered and their date of birth is required.
For change of name by deed poll contact:
The Royal Courts of Justice
Study of descents of families and person from an ancestor or ancestors.UK and Ireland Genealogy Service
Covers England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales
First genealogy step in researching ancestry online
www.ancestry.com / www.ancestry.co.uk
Easy to navigate site, starting point for finding ancestors in the UK
Lists 750 pages with over 12,000 links, most to searchable surname records such as ship’s passenger lists, church records, cemetery transcriptions, military records and census information for USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Europe.
Scottish Genealogical Research
At your Local library it is possible to access a countywide telephone directory, which may help in tracing individuals.
Principle Probate Registry First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
For a copy of a will registered in England & Wales write to:
The Search Department
They require deceased’s full name, last address, date of death and a cheque for £5 made payable to ‘HMPG’.
Red Cross Tracing Service
International Tracing and Message Service. Works worldwide with other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies or the International Committee of the Red Cross in situations of conflict, to restore and maintain contact between families by conveying messages and helping trace relatives who may have gone missing.
British Red Cross International Tracing & Message Services
5 Berners Road
Tel: 020 7704 5686
Or you can contact your local branch of the British Red Cross. If you live outside of the UK, you should contact the National Society in your country.Salvation Army Tracing Services
At present, family tracing enquiries are dealt with only by post and not by e-mail.
Family Tracing Service
101 Newington Causeway
Tel: 020 7367 4747
Fax 020 7367 4723
If living outside the UK, you can communicate with the Salvation Army Centre within the locality. The address is in the local telephone directory or you can find it on the Salvation Army website.
Please note the information enclosed is subject to constant change and although the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency endeavours to keep the information updated we are unable to accept responsibility for any changes or amendments.