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Forces War Records

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Forces War Records

An elderly Uncle passed away recently.
He had been doing research for the Family Tree, and as he and my Father were very close, my Auntie passed on his research to myself.
He had been using these Forces War Records websites.

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/search
and
https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/collections/info/124/uk-navy-list-1947/
Both he and my Father were in the Royal Navy together, including active service during the Second World War.
My Father was a Helmsman on the H.M.S. Ark Royal until it was sunk.
Thankfully, he was not harmed, he was not on board at the time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Ark_Royal_%2891%29
He rarely spoke about his Active Service, though he had many Encyclopaedic books about the Second World War.
They were very interesting to read, time and time again.

Sadly, he passed away on my Birthday, as we were on our way on our Daily visit to the Hospital.
Not a good Phone Call to get, at least we saw him a few minutes later.
Many of the few remaining Comrades were at his Funeral, some great stories of him younger !
One in particular was a fantastic "Uncle" as we were growing up.
His Wife was a great "Auntie" too.
They didn't live far away, and we often spent time together.
I looked  both my Dad and him up on the website... and there they were.
Fantastic.