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 on: Yesterday at 01:03:48 PM 
Started by pidgeonpost - Last Post by pidgeonpost
Thanks Noel and PhiloNauticus for your comments; they all add to the jigsaw!

94th General Hospital. In Chichester (England). Moved to Algiers in 1942. I thought originally he may have been hospitalised after he survived the sinking of H.M.S. Huntley, but she was sunk in January 1941, and he was hospitalised from 22/6/44-13/7/44. I need to listen to his audio diary again perhaps.

Fort Beri. Can't find any references to this online.

Scythia. Again, I still haven't got any further on this one.

Braganza. A bit of a mystery as I'm not aware that he ever got to India. Perhaps he was reallocated.

Apologies for my late acknowledgement of your posts - have been away.

Thanks again.

 on: Yesterday at 08:33:18 AM 
Started by TonyR - Last Post by TonyR
Thanks for the pointers James, will take up your advice & search Find My Past and National Archives at library tomorrow.  TonyR

 on: Yesterday at 08:18:47 AM 
Started by TonyR - Last Post by James_harvey
He may have joined merchant navy

Search find my past for any records 1927-1941

If still serving merchant navy ww2 then the national archives will have his seaman pouch for merchant navy and they have the merchant navy medal rolls for ww2

 on: Yesterday at 08:11:11 AM 
Started by TonyR - Last Post by James_harvey
IE is initial entry

His service starts from his 18 birthday for pension reasons

His boy Service does not count towards pension or long Service medals

Unless he rejoined then Royal Navy Record’s a way of serving to find out is to search documents online at the national archives

If any other records exist from 1927-41 they wil appear and you can then spend £30 applying for the rest 1941- onwards

 on: Yesterday at 07:33:43 AM 
Started by TonyR - Last Post by TonyR
Hi all, I hope some kind soul can help me understand the information on my Father in attached document.

1st, I take it that the entry ‘5 March 1928 - 12 years’ in section 'Date & Period Of Engagements' is when his 12 year service SHOULD have started, if he was found acceptable after his time as a ‘Boy Rating’?

2nd, The 'Age' entry is not a number, more like the letters ‘I.E.’ is this Navy shorthand for something?

3rd, I cannot decipher some entries in the 'Remarks Column'. My best guesses in (" ") are obviously open to correction:
First line - (a letter then "vide") Dec 26 ("ledger"),
second line - Passed Educ for
third line - AB 12-4-27
fourth line - ("I va'de" or "F va'de") Dec 27 ("ledger")

4th, I can see the entry ‘Shore Invalided’ (with a possible signature in brackets underneath) against the last entry for ‘Period Of Service’ and then the stamped entry that he was ‘Invalided’ out on 23/11/1927 – was that the end of his time in the Navy?  The reason I ask is that he continued to refer to himself as a ‘Seaman’ in documents until 1933.

5th, And lastly, if I apply for his 'Service Record' from the Navy, is it likely to contain more information than is here?

Any help appreciated, especially if I have missed something glaringly obvious!  Please be gentle with me though, as I struggle with all this modern technology.

Regards, Tony

 on: 16 August 2018 06:19:45 PM 
Started by Conny - Last Post by Conny
Thanks James.

 on: 16 August 2018 08:27:36 AM 
Started by Conny - Last Post by James_harvey

Yes the ministry of defence historical ships dept



 on: 15 August 2018 10:13:03 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
James_harvey ... thanks ... will contact MoD ... Doc

 on: 15 August 2018 08:30:59 PM 
Started by Conny - Last Post by Conny
Thanks for the info James.
I have seen the photo's of Clematis and actually thought my Dad was on a few of them but my sisters, whilst agreeing one chap does look a bit like him, tend to think it isn't. He was serving on her during '43 but never mentioned going to Gibraltar, but then he never spoke when we were children and it was only during his last years we found out what little we do know so that's a further line of enquiry I can chase.

By this;  'mod historical ships dept' do you mean M.O.D. historical ships department?


 on: 15 August 2018 11:30:02 AM 
Started by deleboe - Last Post by deleboe
Great thank you.

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