Source Information UK, London Gazettes World War II Military Notices, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2022.
Original data: The Gazette, Official Public Record 1665-Present. The Gazette: Crown Copyright.

About UK, London Gazettes World War II Military Notices, 1939-1945

General collection information

This collection consists of military notices published in the London Gazette during the Second World War. The publications are dated between 1939 and 1945, and include personnel lists for various military units, reports of people leaving the service due to illness, and notices of commendations and promotions in rank. The collection includes images of the original documents.

Using this collection

Records in this collection may include the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Regimental number
  • Occupation
  • Military dates of service
  • Commendation dates
  • Regiment
  • Unit
  • The records in this collection can be used to verify that your ancestor served in a particular regiment or unit during the Second World War. The records also may confirm when your ancestor received a promotion or a commendation.

    Collection in context

    The military notices in this collection were created by the London Gazette based on information provided by the British armed forces.The original documents are held by the London Gazette.

    The Gazette is London's oldest newspaper with its first publication in 1666. It is the official newspaper of the British government and the Crown. Throughout its history, the Gazette was famous for publishing military notices, especially reports about commendations for soldiers who committed brave acts in battle. Soldiers who had their names published in the newspaper were said to have been "gazetted."


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