My relative was aboard the Lancastria. How do I find out more about them?
There are a number of ways you can find out more about your relative’s involvement in the Lancastria disaster. Ideally you need their service number and the details of the unit they belonged to. If you don’t have these you can obtain a copy of their service record from the Army Personnel Centre. You will need to provide proof that you are next of kin and also date of birth and other personal information. Only next of kin can make application to obtain these details. You can contact the Army Personnel Centre at:
Army Personnel Centre
Mail Point 400
65 Brown Street
Tel: 0845 600 9663, option 1, then option 3
Once you have these details you can contact the Association who may have additional information related to the unit your relative was a member of. This information may include survivor accounts from members of the same unit, or details of living survivors from the unit your relative belonged to.
You may separately be able to obtain more specific information about what a particular unit did before and up to embarkation aboard the Lancastria. War diaries were maintained for all UK armed forces which served during World War 2. Once you have the unit number of the company, or squadron number you can contact the National Archives at Kew, where their record copy department can send you a copy of the war diary for that unit. There is a fee for this which the National Archive can advise you of prior to obtaining a full copy of a particular war diary.
You can search the National Archive here and place an order online for a particular set of documents: National Archives
The other source of information is held in the books written about the disaster, reviews of which you can find on our Book Review page.
Of course this website contains a wealth of information about the events that took place aboard the Lancastria on 17th June 1940. So take your time to browse the pages.
I am interested in submitting my account of the disaster. How do I do this?
We always welcome articles and survivor accounts from both survivors and relatives. You can submit these by email or in writing to the Secretary and will publish these in the newsletter and website in due course. If you have related pictures, all the better.
I have searched the list of victims for the name of my relative who was lost on the Lancastria, but cannot see them. Why is that?
The list of names we have is drawn from a variety of sources. There have been one or two minor omissions but the list is relatively up to date. Our information systems are able to confirm with some accuracy whether your relative was aboard the Lancastria. Due to the nature of the evacuation and chaos which followed maintaining accurate lists of causalities was always going to be a challenging task. If you are certain your relative was aboard please contact the Secretary who will be able to validate the details you hold and update the list.
I have spotted a typographical or other type of error on your website. Who should I notify?
Contact the Webmaster who will make any necessary corrections.