World War II Packages

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Service Record Applications
World War II Packages
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.  For information on Service Record Applications click on the button above.

The Service Records were originally intended to be official documents for the specific use of the military and, as such, they are typically formulaic and full of abbreviations and acronyms. The forms are regimentally set out in columns of dates which record events such as postings, promotions and qualifications. The information is contained in a formalised and factual style without elaborating on details or being too explanatory. This is where Unknown Soldier can help.

Basic Package £80
If you are already in possession of a service record obtained from the Ministry of Defence for a soldier who served between 1921 and 1945, you may find that the information contained in it is difficult to understand or interpret. With the Basic Package we can study the service record and use our knowledge and expertise to interpret the information and translate it into a summary report which clearly sets out the circumstances surrounding the soldier's service.

Standard Package £135 (£105 for Spouse)
If you are not in possession of a service record for a soldier who served between 1921 and 1945 but would like Unknown Soldier to apply for it on your behalf and then complete a summary report explaining its contents, the Standard Package is the one for you.  With this package we handle all aspects of the application.  Then, once we have received it, we study the service record and use our knowledge and expertise to interpret the information and translate it into a summary report which clearly sets out the circumstances surrounding the soldier's service.

Gold Package £360
If you are already in possession of a service record obtained from the Ministry of Defence for a soldier who served between 1921 and 1945, you may wish to know much more about the soldier's service and the battles and campaigns in which he or she served.  At Unknown Soldier we can study the information contained in the service record and interpret it.  We can take that information and carry out further extensive and detailed research based on our findings, with a view to completing a full and comprehensive report on the soldier's military service. This Gold Package report would contain information on topics such as the campaigns, battles and major actions in which the soldier fought, with particular attention to any incidence where he was decorated, wounded, taken prisoner of war or killed. Each report is presented in a buckram folder* in a choice of colours with a themed cover page and all subsequent sheets watermarked with the regimental badge. The report would contain relevant images, photographs and maps where available to illustrate aspects of the soldier's story. These reports are perfect as keepsakes for future generations or even as gifts to family, friends or someone special.

Gold Plus Package £430 (£400 for Spouse)
If you are not in possession of a service record for a soldier who served between 1921 and 1945 but would like Unknown Soldier to apply for it on your behalf and then complete a full and comprehensive report on the soldier's military service then the Gold Plus Package may be the one for you.  The Gold Plus Package report would contain information on topics such as the campaigns, battles and major actions in which the soldier fought, with particular attention to any incidence where he was decorated, wounded, taken prisoner of war or killed. Each report is presented in a leather folder in a choice of colours embossed with a personalised heading on the front cover.  The report has a themed cover page and all subsequent sheets watermarked with the regimental badge. The report would contain relevant images, photographs and maps where available to illustrate aspects of the soldier's story. These reports are perfect as keepsakes for future generations or even as gifts to family, friends or someone special.

*For an additional fee of £20 the buckram folder can be upgraded to a leather folder embossed with a personalised heading on the front cover.  

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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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1/6th Battalion, Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment marching into Tobruk in Libya on 18 November 1942.
British troops throwing grenades during the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in May 1944.
British troops from the 19th Indian Division in action against the Japanese at the Battle of Kohima in March 1944.
British Paratroops at Osterboek in Holland during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.
British troops landing on Sword Beach during the D-Day Landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
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