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 on: Yesterday at 03:35:54 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
This shows that he completed his naval service 1954 – 55 on HMS Boxer – this was a radar training ship at this time
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Boxer_(F121)

He is noted as being invalided out PUNS – Permanently Unfit for Naval Service
Under this there is very faint (pencil) notations which seem to record that he was found guilty of a charge of Contempt and disrated to Able Seaman in October 1942 onboard the Arethusa.   This explains the change in discipline record I mentioned before – in the Navy Contempt means when someone “Uses threatening or insubordinate language to, or behaves with contempt to, his superior officer”
Under that, more faint writing seems to be a resumé of his progress after this – promoted back to Leading Seaman then to Petty Officer / to the RFR (Royal Fleet Reserve) / reengages etc

The bottom left hand corner are just notes of various admin forms being completed. It does show that he was discharged from Royal Navy Hospital, Haslar – no reason given

The Personal Description is obvious

Engagements – just a note of the dates he engaged and for how long etc

Under Clothing and Bedding ( a rarely completed box !) is noted his medal award –
He received the 1939-45 Star = Atlantic Star = Burma Star = Italy Star = War Medal
See; http://www.rogersstudy.co.uk/medals/ww2_stars/stars.html

Bottom right are the Examinations – these are just notes of when he completed various professional courses and also shows the Home Address he was discharged to in Castle Road, Southwick, Fareham




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 on: Yesterday at 07:45:21 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
Here is page 2 as promised ... thanks ... Doc

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 on: Yesterday at 02:46:22 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
PhiloNauticus - I thank you so very much for your three posts and for taking the time to add so much more information to make sense (for me) of his post war service ... most helpful ... I'll try to post the back page of his Service Record today, as that might have some more gems of info on it.
n4mv3t

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 on: 18 July 2018 04:01:15 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
… and to de-code a little more:
In the Character and Efficiency columns, they record his disciplinary record and assessment of his work -
He is mostly V.G. (very good) for discipline, except for a bit in 38-39 and again in 41... must have done something naughty..  His work is usually rated Sat (satisfactory) and later Supr (superior).   Also noted in 1949 as RR = recommend re-engagement

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 on: 18 July 2018 08:15:59 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
Ships
Apart from time in shore bases (Wildfire and Pembroke at Chatham = Dryad at Portsmouth) he served at sea -

cruiser Cumberland in 1938  rated as Boy / Ordinary Seaman
cruiser Kent 1938 – 39 rated OS/Able Seaman
cruiser Arethusa 1940 -43
destroyer Petard 1943-45
then discharged to RFR (Royal Fleet Reserve)
later
destroyer Gabbard in 1947
    (see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Gabbard_(D47)  )

aircraft carrier Triumph in 1948  - she was then serving in the Mediterranean Fleet
     (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Triumph_(R16)  )
   
depot ship Forth 1949 – 51 - she was based at Malta throughout this time – see:
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Forth_(A187)

aircraft carrier Glory 1953 – 54

   see:  http://www.hms-glory-assoc.org.uk/history.htm

The column ‘non-substantive’ – shows his trade rather than rank.  He originally joined and was trained as a Gunner = Q.R means Quarters Rating;  the numbers indicate class.  When he re-joined in 1947 he retrained as a radar plotter – RP
The badges column shows he obtained his Good Conduct Badges (to get the maximum of three) – these would have been worn as chevrons on the left arm





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 on: 18 July 2018 06:26:07 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
Could you post your Fathers record here  or say what the "Navy shorthand" is


re: "temp acting" - means temporary, acting in the rank - it is used to fill a vacancy.  When the gap is filled by someone qualified and of rank then the 'temp acting' person reverts to their old rate

Thanks for your reply ... I'll scan the record today and post it asap ... 'Doc'

OK here's the front page of his Service Record ... hope someone can help with the "Navy shorthand" ... Doc

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 on: 17 July 2018 10:45:09 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
Could you post your Fathers record here  or say what the "Navy shorthand" is


re: "temp acting" - means temporary, acting in the rank - it is used to fill a vacancy.  When the gap is filled by someone qualified and of rank then the 'temp acting' person reverts to their old rate

Thanks for your reply ... I'll scan the record today and post it asap ... 'Doc'

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 on: 17 July 2018 08:25:11 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
Could you post your Fathers record here  or say what the "Navy shorthand" is


re: "temp acting" - means temporary, acting in the rank - it is used to fill a vacancy.  When the gap is filled by someone qualified and of rank then the 'temp acting' person reverts to their old rate


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 on: 17 July 2018 12:10:51 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
G'day all ... I have recently obtained my deceased fathers Royal Navy service history from Swadlincote. He joined the RN on 23 June 1937 (Wildfire) and his first ship was HMS Arethusa 15 Sept 1940 (rank from 23 June 1941 to 4 Oct 1942 was temp acting Leading Seaman. Rank then changes back to AB on 5th Oct 1942-why??) he then left the Arethusa on 16 Oct 1942. On 17th Oct 1942 he joined HMS Petard, as an AB, and left that ship on 16 Aug 1944 (with the rank of temporary acting Petty Officer, which he had held from 5th April 1943).
I have researched both the Arethusa and the Petard on the net and so I think I have a fairly good handle on that period, but my problem is with his post war record because I know he was in Malta for about 3 years (my younger brother was born there in 1951, plus 53 years ago I met the Maltese family that knew him and my mother) however understanding the Navy "shorthand" is a tad difficult.
His details are as follows:- William MacGregor RUSSELL, official number SSX21417 / JX768990 (he re-entered for 12 years on 15 July 1946) any offers of help in understanding the Navy shorthand will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks “Doc”

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 on: 08 July 2018 12:24:44 PM 
Started by James_harvey - Last Post by James_harvey
I’m trying to find which landing craft were in the 83 Floatilla which saw action in North Africa and Italy

I believe a flotilla consisted of 12 craft?

Thanks

James

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