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Military Service Records - Any Progress?

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Norfolk Nan
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Military Service Records - Any Progress?

Post by Norfolk Nan »

Re previous posts about overdue application,has anyone actually received a long-awaited record yet or any further information? I'm still waiting on one requested in March and another in April...
Norfolk Nan
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Post by Norfolk Nan »

Just thought I'd mention I heard today that the MOD are putting more people on the job in an effort to reduce the extensive backlog. That's good news. They are still quoting a 12+ month delay between application and receipt. However, as they are transferring records to TNA some applications will require the MOD to access transferred records, adding to the delay I imagine. It's not in my nature to be patient but if covid has taught me anything its that patience is a virtue :lol:
phsvm
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Post by phsvm »

Norfolk Nan - are you still waiting for these records? I applied for two sets in May and have still heard nothing.

I applied from them in 2020 and they eventually returned the payment saying the cheque was older than 6 months so they couldn't accept it - we've had that discussion about the validity of cheques already - but I haven't even had it returned this time!
meekhcs
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I read somewhere recently, and I can't remember where as I write this, sorry, that one can make, or will be able to soon, the application for RAF records online BUT as it will still be handled in the same way as written applications it will not speed up the process. :(

Perhaps Thunder may have an idea about how the transfer of records to TNA is coming along? I suspect until that process is complete the wait will still be months.

I want to order Mum, Dad and Grandads records but have held off so far.
Sally
meekhcs
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https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine ... f-records/

This is the link re online ordering
Sally
paulr1949
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Re: Military Service Records - Any Progress?

Post by paulr1949 »

My wife applied for her father’s record in mid 2020 and we haven’t heard anything at all
Paul
Norfolk Nan
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I'm still waiting and haven't heard anything since making the applications in March and April 2021.
phsvm
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Post by phsvm »

Thanks Paul and Norfolk Nan. Bizarrely, it's reassuring to find I'm not the only one waiting!
Thunder
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Post by Thunder »

meekhcs wrote: 17 Jan 2022, 11:32 I read somewhere recently, and I can't remember where as I write this, sorry, that one can make, or will be able to soon, the application for RAF records online BUT as it will still be handled in the same way as written applications it will not speed up the process. :(

Perhaps Thunder may have an idea about how the transfer of records to TNA is coming along? I suspect until that process is complete the wait will still be months.

I want to order Mum, Dad and Grandads records but have held off so far.
I have heard no news apart from the fact the RAF records will be sent in first and they need conservation work done first and of course cataloguing. It may be a case of a few years rather than months. I am still awaiting my grandfather's file, he was born in 1893.
BeeJayEss
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Post by BeeJayEss »

I ordered my dad's Army records in mid-November 2021 and received them this week. Very pleasantly surprised at the speed of that! :D
Bev
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