Abbreviation help

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by Gourami, Feb 3, 2021.

  1. Gourami

    Gourami Faugh a Ballagh

    Anyone know what "RP 1/4/42" and "To Y" b" means in these records, or care to take a guess?

    Had a look at some previous threads here and RP can stand for Regimental Police.

    I know these records can have some unusual and unique abbreviations but I hadn't seen "To Y b" anywhere before.

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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Looking at your 'Y b' if you look along that line to the date column I suspect that it is '7 b' as opposed to 'Y b'

    Maybe 7th Battalion ?? a couple of months later hes shipped of to the 30th

    RP could be something like reprimand ?? dont really know, but he was a naughty boy on 5th Apr 1943 :omg:

    What regiment was he with? a full copy of his service record might help and obviously he was also a Sargeant and a Pipe Major at some point

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  3. Gourami

    Gourami Faugh a Ballagh

    He was in 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.

    That is interesting you suggested he was perhaps posted to a 7th battalion. I did a quick search and the Irish Fusiliers only had 2 battalions. I have no idea what the 30th was. It doesn't appear to have been a battalion or division in the British army. Does anyone know more about that?

    In 1943 he transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I don’t think the RP entry is a date. It is in the column that usually notes the “order” for the “action” in the next column that took place/record updated on the date in the last column.

    My less than educated guess is that RP, in the sense of a type of army order, is that it possibly means “Removed Personnel” (from the Battalion to the Y list)?

    The Y usually denotes a move to the Y list. There were several sub sections within the Y list that changed as the war progressed so you need to use the forum search facility for Y Lists.

    Good Luck



    I’d also guess it concerned an absence on medical grounds but as MOD don’t provide medical information that is conjecture on my part.
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  5. Gourami

    Gourami Faugh a Ballagh

    That makes a lot of sense now, I'll follow that line on the Y list. Thank you very much!

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