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Forces Reunited is the largest online community of British Armed Forces Veterans having over 1 Million members.

Join the website and you can construct your profile adding as much of your Service Information as you want. The more information you can provide the more likely it is you will be found.

If you’re looking for your old comrades from the services this is the place to be. Forces Reunited provides an in-depth search function to allow you to look through our entire membership to track down your lost friends.

You can search by a name, a Service even Individual units down to squadrons or wings and even the occasional display team!

If you can’t remember the name, not to worry, perhaps you will recognise a face using the Photo Search.

Our staff are also on hand to help you with searching and can even search the 2011 UK Electoral Roll for you.

Once you’ve found your friends, Forces Reunited offers numerous ways of keeping in touch be it the instant messaging, e-mailing or our community forum. You can even arrange your own reunions through the website.

Look out for top Armed Forces news stories posted in the Forum, here and on our facebook page. Make sure to have a good read of the fantastic threads opened in the community forum, we highly recommend the Military Stories/Jokes section.

Also not forgetting the incredible collection of photographs and pictures uploaded by our members to the Forces Reunited gallery. From the personal photographs of reunions and deployments to the very best of British Military Equipment there are well over 11 Thousand images you can view. Again you can find small samplings of the gallery on here just by clicking on Forces Reunited Gallery at the top of the page.

Keep an eye out for the caption competition and military knowledge quizzes, fun little distractions.

Membership to Forces Reunited costs just £8.95 for a whole year of access with other, longer membership options available. Full Membership gives you access to absolutely everything we offer. In addition you can also purchase a “Proud to Be a Forces Veteran” badge through the website and also a membership and membership card to the Forces Discounts website.

Forces Discounts offers fantastic bargains for British Armed Forces Veterans who hold a membership of the website, from discounts on the latest Land Rover to days out at Chessington or Alton Towers.

We hope you have a fantastic time using the website and discovering your friends from the past. If you ever need any help from us please ask by using the FAQ/Contact Us button on the Forces Reunited homepage.

The Forces Reunited Team.

83 responses to “Home

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I wish to trace USA Airforcemen who were based in Lakenheath, Suffork,
    England between 1943 and 1945. My friend, Kenneth Sydney Cook now Proctor, was born on the 20 June 1945 to a Constance May Cook. His father was an American Airforceman based at Lakenheath by the first name of Kenneth. Unfortunately, my friend Ken, only found out after his mother passed away that the man he calls Dad isn’t his biological father and he is ever so keen to find anything about his American family.Constance was a “Wren” working as a cook at the Mildenhall base where she would have met Kenneth. Please can you advise me as to where and how to investigate any possible leads to help Ken. I’d say my friend, Ken has a very strong physical resemblence of his biological father as he doesn’t look anything like his brother or his mother’s side of the family. Any help in advancing our search would be eternally appreciated.
    Eagerly awaiting your reply,
    Thank You in advance,
    Bev Bosch

    • Hi Bev,

      Most if not all American Military Records are held by the US Federal Government in the US National Archives. Even those units that were based in the UK during the wars will have their records there rather than in the UK as they aren’t UK records. A few record collections for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) can be found here: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/018.html

      I’m reasonably confident that the RAF and UK Government don’t have personnel lists in any detail of American serviceman in the UK. I know that the UK has death records for Americans who fought in the RAF’s Eagle Squadrons, Pilot Officer W M L Fiske being most prominent but I don’t think this extends to service records. The Eagle Squadrons were transferred to the USAAF when the USA entered the Second World War, presumably along with any and all records for their pilots.

      Constance’s Women’s Royal Naval Service record is likely available via the UK Ministry of Defence and the full record can be requested by Next of Kin or with NoK persmission. A smaller, less detailed record can be requested for those without Next of Kin permission.

      I hope this helps somewhat and if there’s anything else I can do please ask! I’m not that clued up on US Records though, we mostly deal with requests for UK servicemen and women!

      Kind Regards,

      Tom

      • Thank you very much Tom. I’ll get Ken to enquire about his Mum’s records and I’ll get in touch with the USA records.

      • No problem Bev,

        I’m very happy to help.

        It might be worth checking what the Ancestry.com site has for US Service Records if any. I know the UK based one has records for the First World War, presumably the US one has some military records as well.

        Kind Regards,

        Tom

  2. Can anyone please be kind enough to advise me as to where I can obtain class/group/year photos of my father who served in the Royal navy from 1950 -1972 I am particularly interested in RNH Malta,, RNH Plymouth, Loch Insh and Seahawk, also other phots of him taken during his service, I have seen many but have none, also copies of any of his qualification certificates

    • Hi Jan,

      Forces Reunited has an extensive gallery of images here: http://www.forcesreunited.org.uk/gallery_home.asp These are all user submitted but may relate to your requests.

      If you have seen photographs of your father somewhere, why not ask the owners for copies? I’m sure if they are held in a museum and you explained your situation they could arrange something for you.

      Qualification Certificates are likely with your father’s Service Records, he will have been given most of these when he left the service, however the Royal Navy still probably have some of his files. Have a look through this page on how to request them: https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

      Kind Regards,

      Tom

      • thanks that
        is a tremendous help, most of the photos I have seen are more of the ‘at work’ shots and I assume to belong to the navy or MOD

    • Hi Jan,

      Most pictures have a small symbol or logo in the corner that tells you where they are from. However if the pictures are provided on a government website ending .gov.uk for example or .mod.uk then they do belong to the government and unless otherwise stated can’t be used.

      However you should again be able to contact them and ask for permission to use them or even to be provided copies.

      Kind Regards,

      Tom

  3. After such a long search I have found my Grandfathers army number. It was T4/220270 and he served in the Army Service Corps in the 1st World War. His name was Matthew Francis Broadley . My one search now is to find out what happened to the 905th Company and where they were. There seems to be a mystery regarding there theatre of action during the duration of the war. I would appreciate any help in this matter.

  4. Thanks Tom you’ve been a great help. I’ll continue my search with the information you’ve given me.,

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