Ministry of Defence Medals and Records Offices, part of Defence Business Services, are attending a family history show at the NEC where you can put your questions to the experts. The Genealogy Show will take place on 7-8 June.

The show will be attended by family historians, societies and genealogical organisations. The MOD stand, supported by Restore plc, will be staffed by a DBS team, with colleagues from the Air Historical Branch and Restore plc.

They will offer:

Live post-1921 service record search facility

The MOD continues to hold all service records where the individual had a discharge date of post-1921, these total around 10 million records, with about 500,000 having seen service in World War I. Subject to access to the database that supports the MOD’s main archive, an assisted search facility will be offered that will in many cases enable confirmation of whether the MOD holds a record for an individual. This information can then be used to apply for the record using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, some or all the following information is required: surname, initials, date of birth and service number.

World War II RAF casualty packs search facility

RAF casualty packs from World War II are being transferred from the MOD to The National Archives. Using the MOD’s archive and cataloguing database, an assisted search facility will enable identification of the pack that may relate to an individual. This information can then be used to either access the pack at The National Archives, or, for those yet to be transferred, apply for details from the pack using the forms on Gov.uk. To assist the search, the following information is required: the name of the individual(s), date of incident and type of aircraft.

Interpretation of service records

If you already have a service record but are unsure what it says or how to interpret it, then DBS experts will be on hand to assist you.

Service Record application research

MOD has commenced a project to digitise the application process. Come and see the latest version and have a go!

The DBS team look forward to seeing you.

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