World War Two​ Research

Facts uncovered and mysteries solved

What Can I Do?

I can obtain WW2 service records for the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. These service records are often very difficult to understand, so I can interpret them for you and supply copies of Operational records (see below).

I can supply copies of War Diaries for the Army and Operations Record Books for the RAF, which give a day-by-day account of what your ancestor would have been involved in and where, giving a fuller picture of his service. This service can be provided if you have details of a man’s units with dates or as an addition to me providing you with copies of his service records.

Copies of Prisoner of War records, including, in many cases, a questionnaire giving details of their capture and confinement, completed by the man himself, can also be supplied. For prisoners of the Japanese, the original POW card is often available, which gives personal information along with date of capture and camps in which a man was held. The cards are written in English and Japanese.

Gallantry Medals can also be researched.

Please contact me if you would like me to research any of the above.



Living as I do, many thousands of miles from the UK, I do not have the ability to visit the National Archives nor I should say the 'know how' to conduct a proper search.
Therefore, like many people in a similar position, I needed to select a representative / researcher to complete this work on my behalf.
Unfortunately for me, my initial research was conducted by another organisation, with very, very limited results.
These searches can be deeply personal, in my case it was for military records for my late father. Feeling somewhat frustrated and a little sad, I made a decision to have one more try. Thank goodness I found Ann Swabey.
You will find Ann to be very prompt and professional in all her dealings and above all thorough in her research.
After, receiving the details she needed Ann took just a few days in uncovering the documents that were said not to exist! Pure joy!
If you are contemplating completing military or family research on a loved one or distant family member through the National Archives, then I urge you to strongly consider Ann Swabey as your choice as your personal researcher.

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