Military Archive Research
by Dr. Stuart C Blank
Member of the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS)
Member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society (RAFHS)
Member of the Naval Historical Collectors and Research Association (NHCRA)
Member of the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS)
Member of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS)
Member of the International Bond and Share Society (IBSS)





Welcome to Military Archive Research presented by Dr Stuart C Blank.

I have been involved with researching military (naval, army & air force) topics for a number of decades and I have developed a wealth of expertise in this field. I aim to provide clients with a first class professional research service and previous clients have significantly benefited from my outstanding level of customer care and research expertise.

I am always prepared to undertake research into the Royal Navy (RN), the British army, the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Flying Corps (RFC) genealogy (family history) and history. I can also consider those projects relating to the Indian army, the Indian Navy and the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) provided they pre-date 1947. In addition, I undertake Merchant Navy commissions as I have considerable experience in this field.

I am an Independent (Freelance) Researcher at a number of the major archive facilities in London and I have held this position for more than a decade. I have spent many enjoyable hours at the archive facilities and I still find researching very rewarding and satisfying.

Over the years my research activities have taken me to numerous archives, libraries and museums. The topics I have undertaken include:

i) military (naval, army & air force) genealogy & records of service,
ii) unit histories (squadrons, regiments etc),
iii) gallantry, campaign and other medal awards,
iv) research into the Merchant Navy records,
v) ship's logs for Royal Naval and British shipping,
vi) the effects of the Battle of Britain on air warfare strategies,
vii) the development of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear & chemical), and,
viii) the treatment of Scottish prisoners during the English / Scottish wars

The vast majority of enquiries cover military genealogy and the location of unit / ships at a given time. I will consider other military related topics if I believe I can add value to the research. If you have a topic that needs researching, please ask if I can help. This website is an introduction to the research services I can offer and I hope it is sufficiently informative to answer the initial questions usually posed.