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 on: Today at 03:03:48 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

WG - War Gratuity

PWC = Post War Credits

War Gratuity was a lump sum of cash paid by the Government to all service personnel on leaving the forces - basically a 'thank-you' payment

Post War Credits = were payments to compensate people for the higher taxes paid during WW2; the 'extra tax' was repaid over several years

 on: 21 February 2018 04:04:18 PM 
Started by haryc - Last Post by haryc

I need a bit of help with my father's service record.
Under Medals it states:
31 Oct 46       WG and PWC (cr)edited. I think the word is credited but not sure.
What does 'WG' and 'PWC' stand for please?

In 49 he was awarded the      Burma Star & War Medal.

Very many thanks to anyone who has any idea.

Kind regards

 on: 19 February 2018 05:23:27 AM 
Started by bluenose2 - Last Post by bluenose2
Hello Les here. Calling from across the pond in Canada. I am building a Revell 1/72 WWII Corvette to Canadian specs. My question is what colour would the depth charges have been. I have received some conflicting information on this subject.

 on: 28 January 2018 03:13:45 PM 
Started by mark rogers - Last Post by mark rogers
Absolutely Brilliant!  :) Thank you for that information which gives me exactly what I was looking for.

 on: 26 January 2018 06:25:57 PM 
Started by mark rogers - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

For Bethune-Williams, see also the file at The National Archives, ref no: ADM 358/1323

and also  ADM 358/489

 on: 26 January 2018 06:19:24 PM 
Started by mark rogers - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

The ships mentioned were the Parent Establishments, responsible for pay etc., not necessarily where they actually were.  A bit of research has produced the following details:

Re: Bethune-Williams
Listed as being Missing, presumed killed after the loss of the Norwegian merchant ship RINGSTAD which was torpedoed and sunk by U-333.  Details of the loss may be found at the excellent warsailors website:

See also the U-boat website at:

which adds the additional information that Bethune-Williams was a bomb-disposal expert, and was travelling to Ottawa

re: Clarke
Was killed in an air crash.  He was serving as a pilot with 767 Squadron, flying Fairy Swordfish aircraft, and based at Arbroath.   On 13 May 1942 his aircraft (K8434) was in a mid-air collision at 2,000 feet with another Swordfish (L2838) and both aircraft crashed at Shandford Farm, Finavon, Fearn, Angus, with the loss of all crews – six men in all  (source of this info:Sturtivant & Burrow 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939-1945'

 on: 25 January 2018 02:33:11 PM 
Started by mark rogers - Last Post by mark rogers
I am conducting research into the men on the King’s School Worcester war memorials The intention is to produce a commemorative book to mark the end of WW1. I am looking to find details of how men were killed and if possible obtain a photograph of the individual. Could anyone help with the following 2 casualties?

BETHUNE-WILLIAMS, Denis Eustace   Lieutenant      RNVR H.M.C.S. Bytown.   commemorated onCHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL   died 25/01/1942
CLARKE, Frank David Strickland   Sub-Lieutenant (A)      RNVR H.M.S. Condor.   ARBROATH WESTERN CEMETERY died 13/05/1942

 on: 10 January 2018 04:46:58 PM 
Started by scotchbeefies - Last Post by NavySparker
Here is the crew list of HMS Birkenhead at the Battle of Jutland.

 on: 10 January 2018 04:44:32 PM 
Started by Cavair - Last Post by NavySparker
Here is the crew list for HMS Black Prince at the Battle of Jutland.

 on: 09 January 2018 10:07:38 PM 
Started by NavySparker - Last Post by NavySparker
For those with an interest in the Battle of Jutland a small group of volunteers are endeavouring to recreate the crew lists of the 151 Royal Navy ships at the battle.

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