For general enquiries which are likely to take up to 2 hours to research and report and which relate to the British Army in the First World War or at any time between 1914 and 1920 the fee is £40. Further research will be charged at £80 for half a day (4 ½ hours) or £140 for a full day.
For general enquiries which are likely to take up to 2 hours to research and report and which relate to the British Army between 1745 and 1914 the fee is £60. Further research will be charged at £100 for half a day (4 ½ hours) or £160 for a full day.*
For lengthier and more complex enquiries requiring in-depth and detailed research, and for all enquires which relate to the British Army between 1921 and 1945, a bespoke service would apply and a fee would be agreed between the enquirer and Unknown Soldier based upon an hourly rate of £20 per hour.
Most general enquiries take no longer than 2 hours to complete, but in all cases the research team at Unknown Soldier will assess the enquiry before any work is undertaken and estimate how long it should take to complete. The enquirer will then be informed of the estimated time of completion so that he or she can decide if they are happy for the researcher to proceed with the enquiry.
*The reason that this type of enquiry costs more is because the relevant records for this period are usually in document form and require the researcher to visit various locations, such as the National Archives in Kew, to access and view those documents.
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