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We will try to help you with your research
but please remember that we do not do this full time. We will
always respond to emails sent in and we reply to every email.
Even though we won't get back to you with research results
for quite some time we haven't forgotten you. Here are some
sections which will first help you with your research.
Here are the sections :-
Labour Corps Research
Ivor Lee and Lieutenant Colonel John Starling
Public Records Office
for Labour Corps Research, WW1 and pre-1914
Pioneer Histories, Wartime Diarys, Labour Corps
Lieutenant Colonel John Starling
WW1 and WW2 Personnel Records
next of kin only
unclaimed and replacements
Royal Logistic Corps and forming
Royal Logistic Corps Museum
Other Useful Sources of Information
The records of World War 1 soldiers
are kept at the Public Record Office, Kew. Unfortunately enemy
bombing in 1940 meant that many records were destroyed so
that only about one-third still survive. In the case of a
man who served in the Labour Corps the situation is made even
worse as the bombing also destroyed their nominal rolls. This
means that there are no official records of which Company
a man served in. However Ivor and John's research means that
very often he can identify where he served so please contact
Even if you know the Company a man served
in there is no guarantee that you will find a War Diary. None
of the British based Companies kept War Diaries. Most of the
overseas-based Companies either did not keep War Diaries or
they have not survived. Those Diaries that do survive are
kept at the Public Record Office however IvorI will be pleased
to let you know whether reference is made to a specific Company.
Public Records Office - for Labour Corps
Research, WW1 and pre 1914
The National Archives at Ruskin Avenue, Kew, London holds service records for other rank soldiers discharged before 1921 and for officers serving until about 1922, although the records are not complete. It also holds war diaries for both world wars and sub units belonging to the Forming Corps. They also hold the Service records of soldiers from the pre-1914 era.
It can provide general guidance on holdings, including a useful information leaflet section, and point you to other sources. We cannot conduct research at the Public Records Office
on your behalf - staff at Kewunable to undertake research, identify document references or check the content of the records for you. ID is required for a reader's ticket.
All enquiries should be directed to:
The Public Records Office
+44 020 8876 3444
Records Office Website
Pioneer Unit Histories and Wartime Diarys
Pioneer Corps Unit histories from World
War I, World War II and upto 1984 are available on written
If anyone is doing research on the service of their relatives
in the Labour Corps Major John Starling may also be able to
help you, provided you have a service number and a company
number. We offer this research service to family, relatives
and fellow historians so please NO MILITARY COLLECTORS
(please do not waste our time).
Lieutenant Colonel John Starling
Pioneer Corps Association
St George's Drive
Alternatively you can email your requests to myself
and I can pass them onto him.
Please ensure you send me a company / unit number and
ABSOLUTELY NO MILITARY COLLECTORS WHATSOEVER !
WWI and WWII Personnel Records
If your ancestor died during the war
you can find details of where he is buried or commemorated
from the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission site.
The Army Personnel Centre is the authority
for all enquiries concerning the records of ex-servicemen.
Records date from 1914 and go up to 1992, after which records
are held by individual units. This includes territorial, volunteer,
militia and home-defence forces and some colonial forces.
You should note that there is some risk that
the official archives of the British Army personnel records
between 1922 and 1940 are incomplete. This is because up to
half of the original pre-World War II British Army soldier's
personal records were destroyed or badly damaged following
a World War II German fire-bombing raid on the War Office
documents repository at Hayes in 1940. Those that survived
are often in a poor condition having been damaged by both
fire and water.
Information on the service records of the
individual may be obtained by letter to :-
Call: 0845 600 9663
When enquiring about an individual, as much of the following
information should be included:
Date of Birth
Most recent unit or unit from which the
individual was discharged Rank at discharge.
The Records Office will then send the enquirer
a Declaration of Kinship form which must be completed and
returned before the search continues. A charge of £30
is made for each search and a turnaround time of about 2 months
should be expected.
Army Medals - unclaimed and replacements
The Army Medal Office at Droitwich Spa holds
details of most campaign medals issued from the 1920s and
is the authority for all questions concerning the entitlement
to current campaign medals. The Office provides two main services:
of medals post WW1 to those entitled persons who have never
of medals under certain conditions for entitled personnel.
For both circumstances, an initial letter
should be sent to the Medal Office explaining the precise
request and the circumstances behind it. As much of the following
information as possible concerning the original recipient
or entitled person should be included and where possible backed
up with photocopies only of supporting documentation (entitlement
to medals is only determined from original records held by
Date of Birth
Date of joining first unit
Date of leaving / transfer / demob
Replacement of medals is only offered to
the recipient or the immediate next of kin, and then only
when clear and documented proof of loss is provided. Where
a question concerns an event over seventy years ago, the Public
Records Office at Kew should be the first point of contact
Ministry of Defence Medal Office
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency
+44 0141 2243600
Royal Logistic Corps and Enquiries
The Royal Logistic Corps hold the full
run of RLC and Forming Corps journals, which are readily available
to researchers. They also hold unit records from the RLC and
the Forming Corps, but these are not always complete and we
are not responsible for any omissions. The contents of the
archive reflect the material that has been passed to the Musium
and they cannot carry out active collection to answer the
specific interest of individuals. They do not hold reserve
collections of classified documents or other items that are
not available to the public.
THe RLC Museum has recently reopened following a major redevelopment of the main gallery space. The museum is not large, with the main gallery covering about 400 square metres, but it has a very wide variety of displays, arranged in chronological order. There is a very large archive of over 100,000 items, which, by appointment, can be viewed by researchers.
Logistic Corps Museum
Corps Shop Telephone: 01252 833484
Logistic Corps Museum Website
Logistic Corps Museum Friends Website
email General Enquires and Lectures
Other useful sources of information
There are some good internet newsgroups
that you can utilise to find out information. Google Groups
is the easiest way to the access the internet newsgroups and
it has an archive of over 700 million messages.
Some useful newsgroups are:-
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