I have been asked by a close friend to look into the above soldier (her grandfather). I jumped at the chance having researched a few WW1 soldiers and then the grim realisation that I know absolutely nothing about researching WW2 hit me. I have been handed a number of photocopied sheets which will be a start. They include copies of his paybook, His army driving permit, a receipt slip relating to AB 62 Part 1, a supplementary clothing coupon book, a motor fuel ration book, a British Red Cross ID card and his permit allowing him to enter Belsen after the liberation. There are also 18 photographs mainly from his time at Belsen. Yesterday (with the assistance of forum member Owen) I discovered via my description of a few patches that he was an driver with the RASC as part of the 2nd Army. I have a multitude of questions to ask and my apologies in advance if some of them appear a bit obvious, I'm really out of my sphere. I would welcome any advice or information, I don't have access to any subscription genealogy sites and am further hampered by the libraries being closed but am happy to follow up any leads you may provide. From his paybook he enlisted 17/12/42 and I am guessing he would then have undergone basic training but don't know for how long, his driving licence was passed on 25/4/43 so would this be part of basic training or a further course? I need to apply for his service record of which I have never seen a ww2 example, presumably in the current climate this may be delayed. Are ww2 service records fairly complete? I ask because the WW1 examples are usually anything but. As I am not related will I be eligible to apply or must it be NoK? I did a very quick search of the 2nd Army and it appears they were heavily involved at Normandy, would he have been under the 2nd army right through or would he have been moved around. A more accurate unit detail for him appears on one of the papers stating 257 (poss 267) Co. RASC Ambulance Car but this was dated Sept 45 so I wonder was he always with them. One of the photos shows a few troops on the rear of a truck and a sign saying Burma bound, on the reverse of the card it says in his writing "Burma via London". If he went to Burma after his no doubt harrowing time at Belsen would he have got there before the war ended? Would his work there have been dealing with the POWs or something else? As he appears to have served in Burma would he have qualified for the Burma Star. I would like to know what his medal entitlement was but I failed when I looked for medal index rolls. There are many more questions to come I suspect but I'll leave it at that for now. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I'm quite looking forward to this 'journey' having never properly looked at this conflict.