Tracking down old ship mates from 1930s- 1940s!

Discussion in 'History' started by Jenny_Dabber, Mar 30, 2006.

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  1. This is a long shot but I am going to try!

    My grandad was a leading gunner in the RN, served 15yrs in the 1930's and 1940's. I have his service records but I am trying to trace more information on him, that part I kind of have under the belt. However, I am thinking of trying to trace down any ship mates of his. Its a long shot I know and most of them have most prob. past on by now. It is more of a type of hobby to be honest but other family member's are thinking of making some kind of Memorial reunion in the future.

    Any advice or help from any one on how to do this would be great :D

  2. I think you can put details down, ship by ship, on Forces Reunited

    The idea is that when somebody else joins with any matching old ships, you get an email (I think), so put in the details of all the old ships, by year.
  3. Why not "Over to you" on the Navy News Website?
  4. Thank you for your help peeps!

    Obv. this will take a while but some family member's are hoping for a reunion in 2007.

    Never know, maybe a Rum member or two may have known him :wink:
  5. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    J-D I spent 2 and a half years tracing survivours from the Sidon, found 28 out of around 40 (some of whom would obviously died during the intervening years), you have to use everything, RBL magazine, the internet, various Ship re union sites (most seem to have some internet input, RNA website, National and local newspapers. Sidons came from all over the world attend the service we held, I doubt very much that we would have had a half dozen with the magic of cyberspace. The main thing is to keep digging, some times weeks will go by with no information and then two or three things come at once. Best of luck

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