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Deryck Lawes served in the Middle East


My father Deryck Lawes served in the Middle East, in ww2,between 1940 and 1945, was a Warrent Officer 1. l am currently trying to find out any information about him and what his duties were. As he is very sick and has never spoken about his time in the war.
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Re: Deryck Lawes served in the Middle East


Have you searched the WW2 Nominal Roll? He's there but under Derych Victor Lawes (not Deryck). If you want information on his war service you'll have to request a full service record from the National Archives. Just in case you don't have the website bookmarked, here it is [sign in to see URL] You should use the "SEARCH NOW -as a guest" option, then on the page that comes up simply type in your father's full name. That will bring up his record immediately. Unfortunately, WW2 dossiers aren't available for digitization so you'll have to purchase a copy for $25 - a small cost for a precious piece of memorabilia. The dossier won't provide explicit details of battles fought in but once you know what division he served with (or, more to the point, his Battalion) you should be able to get an overview of his active service. Look closely at the dates and remarks on his 'Service & Casualty Forms' because these are a log of the soldier's life and movements. Once you know his unit you may be able to find more information in the AWM's "Australian Army War Diaries" for WW2 which you can search here [sign in to see URL]

Well, good luck! I hope I've been of some help and I've no doubt you'll find yourself a wealth of information as you head along a very-well resourced track. We're lucky in Australia to have so much free information at our finger tips, such is the interest in family history. Cheers.

Jennie Leslie

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