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Hi John
Sadly it is almost impossible to say why. It would in truth be pure conjecture. As you will know one of the major hurdles presented to the military researcher is the loss of Army Service Records during the London Blitz of 1940. The then War Office stored Service Records centrally in their depository at Arnside Street which was totally destroyed. Occasionally water damaged and burnt remnants can be found on Web Sites such as Ancestry.com or Find my Past but complete records are extremely rare. Not only were the Service Records lost but a huge range of other irreplaceable documents were also destroyed. I have attached a link should you wish to view it.


https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/the-1940-fire-at-arnside-street/

The Blitz Fire

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