First Tranche of Military Service Records added to The National Archives’ Catalogue

First Tranche of Military Service Records added to The National Archives’ Catalogue

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers records are now listed on The National Archives’ catalogue and available to order

 

All British military service records after 1920 were previously held by the MOD in Glasgow.

Records of deceased servicemen and women can be ordered by their next of kin for a £30 fee.

The records are those in series WO 420 and relate to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) regiment.

The records added are of service personnel born more than 115 years ago so only servicemen born before 1917 are included, with more being added over the coming days, with relevant restrictions to protect individuals’ privacy.

To access service records for REME servicemen born later, you need to contact the Access Service Team at  who will check whether the record includes sensitive medical information. For those born less than 100 years ago, you may be asked to provide a death certificate.

You can now access the records by searching for ‘WO 420’ in Discovery, TNA’s online catalogue, and browsing the record listings, which include each man’s name, date of birth and service number.

The actual service records are not available online.

To access a record, you must click ‘Details’ by the man’s name and follow the instructions to order a record to view at TNA’s buildings in London.

It is also possible to order a paper copy of a record using TNA’s record ordering service.

The record will take four working days to prepare.

With thanks to the WDYTYA magazine online for updated information 

Margaret Roberts

Written by : Margaret Roberts