Forces war records

+2 votes

Hello there

Is there any way to search the forces war records by date of birth? I just created an account there but the help is little or no help at all

I know my father was in the RAF regiment there is a photo attached. His full name was John Hamilton Lear and he was born 30 Nov 1921

He once told me that he was shipped over to India and hated it there but had not been there very long before they realised that he only had one eye (lost the other when a lemonade bottle exploded in his face when he was 12) so they shipped him back and he spent the rest of the war as a storeman

It would be nice to confirm any of this and maybe put a bit more flesh on the bones. I do not know what rank the two stripes on his arm denote but hopefully someone here might? Also maybe from the uniform someone might be able to tell what regiment he was in or at least narrow it down a bit?

It is also possible (in fact reasonably likely) that his father John William Lear (Lear-1135) was involved in the first world war since he would have been about the right age but with nothing other than wild speculation to go on I presume there is no way to find him other than to read all 25 million records which would be  madness

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WikiTree profile: John Lear
in Genealogy Help by Andy Lear G2G6 Mach 1 (11.6k points)

2 Answers

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Best answer
Two stripes usually mean a Corporal.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
selected by Andy Lear
+3 votes
Well, I easily found his record, but of course you have to pay to see it.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
Could you tell me where (and perhaps more importantly how) you found it and how much it would cost to see it please?
When I searched on their home page which has a large box called 'Search All Military Records', I just put in
First Name: John Hamilton
Surname: Lear
and clicked the large orange button 'Search All Military Records'

His was at the top of the list.  Clicking on his name brought up their standard 'get access' page, and they state that 12 months is £48.95, and one month is £8.95
Ohh this is really good, and there is only one john william lear there as well and he seems to be about the right time. As I am out of work at the moment I will hold off until i have a list of people I want to look up but that is really helpful. Thank you

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