Service Record Applications

Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

Service Record Applications
For all enquiries relating to soldiers who served with the British Army between 1921 and 1945, the first step is the acquisition of the soldier's service record from the Ministry of Defence. The MoD currently holds service records for all military personnel who served between these years.

The Ministry charges a fee of £30 for each application unless the applicant is the spouse or parent of the person whose records are being sought, in which case the fee is waived. Enquirers can apply directly to the Ministry for the records but will only be given full versions of the records if they are the next of kin of the person in question or if a period of at least 25 years has elapsed between his or her death and the date of the application.

Service Record Application (Spouse) £25
If you are the spouse of a soldier who served in the British Army between 1921 and 1945 and would simply like to obtain a copy of that soldier's service record, Unknown Soldier can apply for the record on your behalf for a fee of £25.  You will need to provide a copy of the death certificate* to us for the person concerned. This is so the Ministry of Defence can verify the person is deceased before it releases the service record.

Service Record Application (Next of Kin) £55
If you are the next of kin (but not the spouse) of a soldier who served in the British Army between 1921 and 1945 and would simply like to obtain a copy of that soldier's service, Unknown Soldier can apply for the record on your behalf for a fee of £55.  This fee covers the £30 charged by the Ministry of Defence to process the application. You will need to provide a copy of the death certificate* to us for the person concerned. This is so the Ministry of Defence can verify the person is deceased before it releases the service record.

Service Record Application (General Enquirer) £55
If you are not the next of kin of a soldier who served in the British Army between 1921 and 1945 and would simply like to obtain a copy of that soldier's service as a General Enquirer, Unknown Soldier can apply for the record on your behalf for a fee of £55. This fee covers the £30 charged by the Ministry of Defence to process the application. You will need to provide a copy of the death certificate* to us for the person concerned. This is so the Ministry of Defence can verify the person is deceased before it releases the service record. Please note that as a General Enquirer you will not receive a full record of the soldier's service unless at least 25 years have elapsed since the soldier's death.

*If the person concerned died within the United Kingdom but you do not have a copy of the death certificate and would like Unknown Soldier to acquire one for you, there will be an additional fee. If the soldier died in England or Wales the additional fee is £20. If the soldier died in Scotland or Northern Ireland the additional fee is £25.



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"Thank you again for the work you did researching my father's military career and the detail you have gone into for him.  If anyone expresses an interest in getting the same sort of work done on their family members I will certainly pass on your details."
Carol Buttacci from Hampshire
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