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Military records

Postby magpie01 » 26 May 2011, 01:20

can anyone tell me who to contact to obtain military records? I only have my fathers name and the fact that he was a POW in Bedford, United Kingdom in 1945, not much to go on! I know where he was repatriated to in Italy and that was Guardiaregia, Campobasso.
My mother wrote to him there but lost contact.
I do not know his DOB.
Can anyone help?

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Re: Military records

Postby johnnyonthespot » 26 May 2011, 20:01

This will be extremely difficult with the little information you have available, but you can still give it a try.

Write to the state archives for the province of Campobasso, like this:


26 maggio 2011 [maggio is May, giugno is June; month names in italian are written lower case]

[your name]
[your address]

Archivio di Stato di Campobasso
Via Orefici, 43
86100 Campobasso
ITALY

Egregi Signori,

Mi chiamo [your name here], ed abito negli Stati Uniti all'indirizzo sopradetto.

Vi scrivo affinché mi aiutiate a reperire:

* FOGLIO DI CONGEDO ILLIMITATO
* FOGLIO MATRICOLARE
* REGISTRO DI LEVA

per il mio padre:

* [father's name, last name first, all caps] nato nel Comune di Guardiaregia (?), in data [date of birth or 'circa 1850'], paternità [his father's given name if you know it else 'incerto'], maternità [mother's full maiden name if you know it "SMITH JANE" else 'incerto']

Vi prego di farmi sapere quanto dovuto per il servizio e per i costi di spedizione.

Distinti saluti,

[your signature]



You can try sending the above by email to as-cb@beniculturali.it or (my preference) by regular postal mail.

The cost for these documents is typically less than €5; the archives will usually send an email or a letter requesting payment. Sometimes they mail the documents at the same time and use an honor system to ensure payment; other times they wait until payment is received before mailing the docs.
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Re: Military records

Postby magpie01 » 03 Jun 2011, 23:57

Many thanks for the info, I have managed to get a copy of his POW id from Red Cross so now I have a lot of the detail.

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Re: Military records

Postby magpie01 » 23 Jun 2011, 21:57

For Johnnyonthespot
Hi there,
I've sent an e mail and a letter some weeks ago now regarding military records as you suggested. How long do they take to reply? have you any advice. I have been able to provide them with a lot of information about my father as I received his details from the international red cross. Any advice will be gratefully received.
Cheers

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Re: Military records

Postby johnnyonthespot » 23 Jun 2011, 22:11

magpie01 wrote:For Johnnyonthespot
Hi there,
I've sent an e mail and a letter some weeks ago now regarding military records as you suggested. How long do they take to reply? have you any advice. I have been able to provide them with a lot of information about my father as I received his details from the international red cross. Any advice will be gratefully received.
Cheers


Can't have been much more than 3 weeks. :D

My experience with Italian state archives has been in the 4 to 6 weeks range. Your mileage may vary.
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