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ordinary soldiers records where are they


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Two of my relatives are listed in the indexes at the national archives but their recorrds have not survived ie not in burnt records. I am assuming that there would be no other places for ordinary soldiers individual records anywhere else, as these were all destroyed during the 2nd world war.

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When you say 'in the indexes' do you mean the Medal Index Cards? If you have those details, you could post them here, and many enthusiastic detectives will leap to your assistance.

Sadly, the chances are high that the actual service records will have been lost in the WW2 blitz.

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Other ranks service records can be found in

WO363 ("burnt records") partially online, all available on microfilm at National Archives

WO364 (so called "pension records) available online, not clear if they all are, also all available on microfilm at National Archives

PIN26, a small sample of pension records available in original form at the National Archives

WO400, service records of men of the Household regiments, available in original form at the National Archives

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men who served in Guards regiments, copies available at the relevant regiment at Wellington Barracks, London.

Overall it is usually reckoned that about 1 in every 3 men's records survived and are in one of the above.

If your soldier continued to serve after 1921 or was re-enlisted from 1919 and did so, his records are not yet public.

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