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QORWK service number

Postby Jen1974 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:54 pm

Hi all,
I hope someone can help!.....
I'm researching my 2 great uncles and my grandfather in the Second World War. I'm pretty sure they were in the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, I haven't their service numbers , therefore can't get any info from the MOD.
Is there any way I can find this out, also which battalion etc? My mum seems to think that one of the uncles was in the BEF is there anyway I can find this hot too?
I suppose without service numbers I'm stuck?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby jeffward » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:05 pm

Hello, you could try the West Kent's museum at Maidstone. They have their own web site and may have nominal rolls. Which would not need the army number. Regards Jeff Ward.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby Jen1974 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:57 pm

Hi,
Thanks for your reply, I have been in touch with the museum , but am still waiting for a reply.
Would they be able to find out just with dates of birth, etc

Thanks.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby jeffward » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:11 pm

Hello I'm pretty sure that with full names and dates of birth they should be able to help. The fact that one of them was in the B.E.F. should identify the battalion he was in. Which would make it easier to identify him.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby jeffward » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:18 pm

Hello again, just had a look on Wikipedia quite a bit stuff about the Royal West Kents. It was the !st Battalion the was with the B.E.F. They came back via Dunkirk.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby mfkirke » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:02 pm

Do you have their medals? Service number is on the rim!

Otherwise, an ancestry search on their names will yield the service number from the medal rolls.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby ColinB » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:16 pm

I'm afraid WW2 medal rolls are not on ancestry as stated in the previous post. The application form for a service record requires service number AND/OR date of birth so you may be ok.

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Re: QORWK service number

Postby mfkirke » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:29 pm

Whoops! sorry!

However, the medal tip stands.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:50 pm

mfkirke wrote:Do you have their medals? Service number is on the rim!


Sadly no - these are World War Two campaign medals - these were all issued anonymously. (Actually, the Medal Yearbook 2012 says all were anonymous apart from "some Commonwealth issues notably Australia, Pakistan and South Africa".)

For my money issuing them anonymously was a far bigger insult than not providing a specific medal for, say, Bomber Command.
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Re: QORWK service number

Postby patmblack » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:54 am

I obtained my father-in-law's service record by completing the form, providing his date of birth & a copy of his death certificate. You also have to pay £30, but I think this is a reasonable charge. I received the record within a month.
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