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What will a service record tell me?

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Old 25th September 2017, 21:53
Polly Polly is offline  
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What will a service record tell me?

My uncle, Thomas Sturdy Wharton, was in the Royal Navy and spent some days on a life raft after his ship was sunk in 1942. He ended up in Australia. I'd like to know what ship he was on and what incident he was involved in. I have searched the internet, including Australian newspapers, and I can't find him, apart from a long service medal after the war. There are lists of casualties, but not survivors. I was thinking of getting his service record, though it may be expensive, but then some one told me that it won't necessarily have his ships on, only his naval party, whatever that means. Is this the case? If so, how do I find the ship he was serving on?
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Old 4th October 2017, 00:08
Laurie Ridyard Laurie Ridyard is offline  
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You might try Uboat.net - https://uboat.net/

This gives partial lists of names of members of ships' crews who were torpedoed by Uboats. Just enter your Uncle's name on the " search " section.

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Old 4th October 2017, 09:37
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Hugh MacLean Hugh MacLean is offline
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Hello Polly,

You should begin any research of a serviceman with his service record. This is still held with the Ministry of Defence details here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-...vice-personnel - the cost will be £30 unless spouse still alive in which case there would be no charge.

Navy records are perhaps the most frustrating of all the services as in many cases the shore establishment or the accounting base is shown on the record instead of the actual ship he served in. In many cases the actual seagoing ships are as well but not always. However, I still maintain you need to start by obtaining the record as it will give helpful information including his service number as well as other clues.

There can be a delay in receiving the record though depending on how busy they are. Feel free to ask if you need any further advice or help.
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