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Locating a service number

Morning all.

I'm trying to confirm the war records of a member of our local RBL branch who passed away recently.
We have his name (obviously) and D.o.B but not his service number. Clearly without this we are struggling.
His medals (held by the branch) appear to be copies as they are not stamped on the rim.
We know he served on the escort carrier HMS Activity and also participated in the Russian Arctic Convoys but would love to get his complete record of service in order to commemorate him fully.
Can anyone suggest how we find his service number?


War Hero
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Have you tried the National Archives? If you scroll down there's a Royal Navy section but they may not release details of WW2 records, won't hurt to look or send a request though.



War Hero
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Thanks. Is that an RN thing? My dad's army medals are stamped.

Thanks. I'll try that.
My medals are stamped (apart from jubilee ones). I'm guessing WW2 campaign medals weren't stamped due to the sheer volume awarded.
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