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Title: Should have asked my Dad when I had the chance!
Post by: John A Rowe on 14 April 2016 02:36:14 AM
Hi Guys

I'm new to this forum and to searching for a family member's naval history, so please forgive my ignorance! My father served in the navy during WW2 and I would love to find some information about him, any record at all, especially what ship(s) he may have served on, but I haven't a clue where to begin, so I thought I would ask you for some help! Unfortunately, he passed away many years ago and I missed my chance to question him about his war-time experiences, all I have is a single photograph and a few very distant memories of my mother mentioning how they met while he was in the navy. Can anybody point me in the right direction... especially websites? I'm British but living in Australia at the moment so the internet may be my only chance. His name was Alfred Rowe and I've attached the photo... my Dad is the good looking one on the far left... any help would be much appreciated!

Many thanks, John

Title: Re: Should have asked my Dad when I had the chance!
Post by: PhiloNauticus on 14 April 2016 08:26:21 AM
Request a copy of his Service Record: this will show his branch/rating/ships served on etc. 

See: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/Records_page.htm

Scroll down the page until you get to 'Service Records for deceased naval personnel....'

You will have to complete a form confirming you are a relative etc. and pay a small fee

As/when you obtain it, you can always return and post up the details, and ask for info ...
Title: Re: Should have asked my Dad when I had the chance!
Post by: John A Rowe on 15 April 2016 12:32:42 PM
Thanks very much for the info Philo... I've downloaded the forms and I just have to get an international money order before I can send them off. I don't have much information about my dad but I'm hoping that they'll be able to come up with something! Thanks again, cheers, John