World War II

Unknown Soldier
Military Archive & Soldier Research

World War II

We receive numerous enquiries about soldiers who served in the Second World War between 1939 and 1945.  Our research service covers all those individuals who served as soldiers with the British Army during this conflict, whether at home or overseas. The service includes the Regular Army battalions and the Territorial Force battalions of the infantry.

It also includes the regular and territorial regiments of the cavalry (many of these had been converted to tank regiments) and the other arms such as the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and the Royal Tank Corps.  The service also covers support units such as the Royal Army Service Corps, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and the Royal Army Medical Corps. It also extends to members of the Royal Marines.

The service does not cover members of the Indian Army or the forces of the Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.  

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The John Baskeyfield VC Memorial.
Sergeant Baskeyfield, a native of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment at the Battle of Arhem in September 1944.

During the defence of Oosterbeek, he commanded a pair of anti-tank guns that destroyed several enemy tanks before the crews were killed.  He took over the guns alone and continued to fire them at the advancing enemy tanks until he too was killed.  He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his heroic action.
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