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 on: 14 August 2018 11:32:00 AM 
Started by pidgeonpost - Last Post by Noel Clark
Some random comments.
94th General Hospital. In Chichester (England). Moved to Algiers in 1942.
Hannibal. Naval base Algiers/Taranto from 1st January 1943. C--in-C Mediterranean moved from Hannibal to Byrsa 9th July 1944.
Byrsa. Naval base at Bougie, Algeria, moved October 1943 to Castellammare, Naples.
Braganza. Naval base at Bombay. Commissioned 1st January 1943.
Caserta. There was an Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) there. See

Hope this is of some small use.
"Marvellous Melbourne"

 on: 13 August 2018 12:41:28 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey

I would write to the MoD medal office and apply for the arctic star on behalf of your father, as Kent and Arethusa both went to the arctic region


 on: 12 August 2018 10:16:27 PM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by n4mv3t
James_harvey ... many thanks for your 2 posts and the confirmation re the Africa Star and clasp ... Doc

 on: 12 August 2018 05:42:07 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey
Page 2 of service record with list his medals also confirms Africa star and clasp

A very nice set of medals

 on: 12 August 2018 03:05:03 AM 
Started by DavidMead - Last Post by James_harvey
Can you post a picture of her record with the relevant entries

It’s easier to read then to guess as RN used abbreviations  in ww2

What makes you say she was at st mary’s And not forte?

 on: 12 August 2018 02:17:59 AM 
Started by MAH091 - Last Post by James_harvey
Just before ww2 the fleet air air went back under RN control whilst it previously had been RAF

During Battle of Britain Fleet Air Arm (Navy) pots flew with the RAF,like wise RAF pilots flew with the Fleet Air Arm attached to aircraft carriers

Interestingly Carrier operations came under fleet air arm where as coastal
Operations cane under coastal command which was part of the RAF

Coastal command operated flying boats and Air Sea Rescue

 on: 12 August 2018 01:40:34 AM 
Started by n4mv3t - Last Post by James_harvey
Medal record card

The tick means issued the R means clasp

The Africa star was also issued with clasp North Africa 1942-43 this means he was awarded the Africa star and clasp

Hope this helps

 on: 11 August 2018 12:43:29 PM 
Started by Noel Clark - Last Post by Noel Clark
Hello all.

My question is about 19th century service records for Continuous Service ratings such as George Edward Mills 9172A.

I have looked at a number of Continuous Service Engagement Books for such ratings, and they all end (as does George’s) with a list of vessels served on and dates of service thereon. At the bottom of the list, after perhaps a couple of annotations in red pen, there is in black pen the capital letter ”W” followed by a date. This date is generally within a month either side of the date of discharge from the rating’s last vessel.

In George’s case, after just over his time of 10 years’ service, he was discharged from HMS Clio to shore on 8th March 1873, and other records show that this discharge was actually in Sydney, New South Wales. In George’s case his “W date” is 17th October 1873.

Nowhere can I find any reference to show me what the letter “W” stands for. My best guess is that it might be a reference to Woolwich, possibly the pay office, and that the date is that of correspondence either to or from Woolwich concerning the rating’s final pay. Some records show the “W”, followed by the date, and a comment such as “For pension” and/or “For medal.”

Can anyone help me with the meaning of “W” and its date please?

As mentioned, George took his discharge in Sydney, despite having a young wife (c. 23) and son (c. 4) back in Westport, County Mayo. Perhaps he wanted to start a new life, but I have found no trace of him in Australia. On another record I saw a rating take his time-expired discharge in Malta. Would the RN have transported such men back to the U.K. or left them to their own devices once discharged?

Thank you,
"Marvellous Melbourne"

 on: 08 August 2018 01:09:01 PM 
Started by DavidMead - Last Post by Deepankar Choudhury
Yes i have the same curiosity to know about these things you have mentioned

 on: 08 August 2018 11:34:18 AM 
Started by Phil1963 - Last Post by Deepankar Choudhury
Yes the link you have provided which speaks the exact things

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