Hi all Well, here I am talking to unknown people from the other side of the globe. I am trying to trace my father who was a Royal Marine during WW2, and served in Trincomalee, Ceylon, among other places. 'Thomas Jones' was born in 1921 Manchester, and died 26th June 1966 in Australia. Before someone comes up with the wise crack 'It's not unusual'...(haha) I can tell you that it is not easy finding data on a ex Royal Marine. I figure that you guys are the real McCoy, and that you marines may know of an angle for tracing that I have not thought of. I wrote to HMS Centurion back in 1992, and although helpful, without unit and regiment numbers etc... they could not assist. Times may have changed, and I have written to them and other departments again. But if anyone here can come up with some leads, or suggestions, I would be grateful. This stuff is boring, I know, but it also important for myself and my son (Aidan), so that we understand our past links to England. Also....I have a half brother called 'Vincent' out there somewhere who has no idea I exist....it would be nice to find him before he dies. Apparently after the war, 'Thomas Jones' ran a boarding house called 'The Green Beret' in Deal, Kent. Here he fathered a son Vincent. As a child I remember playing with medals that were my fathers, but being a child I gave them away, not realising their importance...I kick myself now, because on the back was probably the info I now need. Is there a record of issued medals somewhere..?? because I cannot seem to locate one. Thomas Jones was no war hero...but he carried the scars of war, and I am determined to find his records.....if anyone can help....drop me a line. If I am boring all of you...I apologise, and will vanish back into the ether. Many thanks for listening Lads..... Harry Jones (son of Thomas Jones) :?