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Military Records: Second World War

National records

Service records for the Second World War are held at the Army Records Centre.

Many Second World War records are available via Ancestry.co.uk:

  • Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
  • British Army Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
  • Commonwealth War Graves, 1914–1947
  • Navy Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972
  • Navy Lists, 1888-1970
  • Memorial Books, WWII, 1939-1945
  • Web: UK, Recommendations for Honours and Awards Index, 1935-1990
  • WWII Civilian Death Records, 1939-1945

Local records

The main local sources are listed below but many more relating to individuals and organisations can be found in our archives catalogue.

Air Raids

  • Plans of air-raid shelters in Manchester, n.d. (ref GB127.MISC/949)
  • Register of air raid shelters in Manchester , 1939-1945 (ref GB127.MISC/1016)
  • Manchester Fire Brigade - Fires in Manchester due to enemy action, 1939-1941 (ref GB127.M1/17/1)

·        M38/4/2/80 – ‘Bomb Squad’, 1940

·        M38/4/2/82 – ‘December 22 and 23 1940 in Manchester ’, with photographs of bombed buildings, 1940

·        M38/4/2/81 – ‘Fire Watchin’’, 1941

·        M38/4/2/84 – ‘The Bomb’ re ARP services; ‘Inter Arma Cantas’ re Red Cross, 1944

·        M564/1-3 – Returns made by Manchester Corporation re damage to property by air raids, 22-23 December  1940 (copy), 1940

·        M673/1/1-3 - Charts showing ‘Alert Periods and Air-Raids over a North West Town ’ [ Manchester ], August 1940 – December 1942

·        M740 various: MPL air raid policy, fire watchers’ notebook, shelter libraries, etc. 

Civil Defence

·        Misc./512 – Levenshulme Local Defence Committee and Red Cross and John Penny-a-Week Fund, minutes, 1940 and 1942-45

·        M29 files 546-7; 605d/5 and 7; 152R, T, AA; 531K, H; 537A – Correspondence of Manchester Transport Department re Civil Defence, air raid precautions, rationing etc.

·        M248/ - Town Clerk’s correspondence on fire prevention, 1941-44

Compensation

·        L21/7/5/9-11 – Circulars re war damage to churches, 1941 

Conscientious Objectors

·        M184/p. 6 ( Box 26 ) – Conscientious objectors’ applications to Manchester and Salford Council of Social Service for social work, 1940-41

·        M547/2/1-24 – transcriptions of Lancashire Tribunals on conscientious objectors, Manchester Town Hall, 1940-41

·        M599/1/1-41 – Papers re application of Lionel Cowan of Wilmslow to be placed on the Register of Conscientious Objectors, 1940-41

Evacuees

·        M66/18/4/1/2 – Log book of City Road Senior Girls School when evacuated to Ingersol, c.1940-1941

·        M66/25/5/1/3 – Log-book of Gaythorn County Primary School , evacuated to Oldfield Brow, Altrincham, 1939-40

·        M66/33/4/2/3 – Admission register of Heald Place , Rusholme, Senior Boys, evacuated to Blackpool , 1939-40

·        M66/89/5/1/3– Log-book of Varna Street , Openshaw, Senior Mixed School , evacuated to West End Cantral, Glossop, 1939-40

·        M66/97/4/1/1 – Admission register of Holy Trinity, Platt, Rusholme Mixed and Infants School , evacuated to Blackpool , 1939-40

·        M66/98/1/1/2– Log book of Claremont Road , Moss Side, Senior Girls School , evacuated to Cheadle, 1939-40

·        M66/120/1/5/5 – Gorton Street, Collyhurst, Branch No. 60 admission registers of school when evacuated to Ashburton Road , Blackpool , 1939-40

·        M100/2/50/136-38 – Education department circular re education in evacuation areas, 1939

Refugees

·        M102/ - Personal files and financial papers of the Jewish Refugees Committee, Manchester, Guarantee Sub-Committee, who helped refugees from Nazi Germany to get to the USA, 1939-52

·        M191/ Box 6 – Papers of Dr. I. W. Slotki re provision for Hebrew and Jewish religious instruction for Jewish evacuees, 1939-45

·        M350/4/2/1-16 – Evacuation of Jewish children from Manchester and Salford , papers re provision for their education, 1939-41

·        M533 Barash Papers – Papers relating to Mrs Barash’s work with refugees 1938-1960

·        M727 – Records of Mad Hatters Castle , Board Residence, Whalley Range , Manchester . Mabel Butt (commonly known as "Mother") ran a boarding house called Mad Hatters Castle at 25 Demesne Road , Whalley Range , Manchester . During the war she took in many Jewish refugees.

·        MF 2833 – Minutes of the Jewish Committee for Relief Abroad, Manchester , 1945-48 

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