Discussion in 'Service Records' started by Gaudet, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    Got to be something in that vein - 'Military Demobilisation Unit'?
  2. borneo72

    borneo72 Junior Member

    I think Demobilisation is probably the correct title.
  3. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    Thanks for all the responses. Demob is probable. Thanks for the link Brian, interesting read.
  4. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    You're most welcome, I thought it was intersting. 'Twas but a lucky Google hit, but the army really love(d) abbreviations and I'm convinced some officers and units made their own up!
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    You got that right that we sometimes made up the abbreviations ourselves - one notable classic was the "BAR " which meant "burn after reading" on many

    security bits of bumf - suddenly there appears a new one of "BBR" - which had everyone scratching their heads until the penny dropped that it was "BURN BEFORE

    READING "..didn't go far though…

  6. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    Does MDU stand for Military Dispersal Unit? I've seen these initials on my father's discharge papers.
  7. borneo72

    borneo72 Junior Member

    Could be Mobile Decontamination Unit, or Mine Disposal unit if he was Royal Engineers ?
  8. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member


    Appears in 3 Recce Regt's War Diary, first two entries in July1941 and third in February 1943. First time I saw it I thought it was meant to be PAD (Passive Air Defence), but three entries and by two different officers?

    Gas Training 1942 pamphlet that I have mentions the appointment of Gas Officers in Battalions but nothing that could be abbreviated to PAG.


  9. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    ULIA = Unattached List Indian Army
  10. TrueBlueAngel

    TrueBlueAngel Member

    Does anyone know if MT could also mean military training? I'm looking at the date of 20.7.40 where my grandfather was tos from M.T. Personnel...... I can't read much more on that sentence. But military training would make more sense.

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  11. idler

    idler GeneralList

    MT Personnel Coy No.1 Depot Bn RASC

    Everything there points to MT being Mechanical/Motor Transport, not military training.
  12. TrueBlueAngel

    TrueBlueAngel Member

    Thankyou! Struggling to decipher a lot of the writing
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    MT is normally Mechanical or Motor Transport.
  14. TrueBlueAngel

    TrueBlueAngel Member

    Thanks, can anyone please decipher the entries dated 20.11.40 and 26.12.40. Can't read or find abbreviations for these.

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  15. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Granted leave at SR? The last bit might refers to a ration allowance.
    Posted to 7 MSD Manchester - something Supply Depot, possibly Main.
  16. TrueBlueAngel

    TrueBlueAngel Member

    Sorry, more abbreviations questions...TT, AQ, class III, H/R/M, ctba, I.A(D), crase (though I'm sure I'm reading that wrong), X spec r/c x(8).

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  17. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Passed TT (Technical training) exams Storeman Class C grade 3 Assistant Quartermaster only.

    Ceased to be attached to 8 Base Supply Depot for other? assignment with effect from 16/6/43.

    Admitted 23 General Hospital posted x 2 10/12/43. posted x 2 this could mean the time he was going to be there or possible part of the hospital he was in.

    reclassed Class A1 (d) wef 1/12/43 (missing 1 so poss 11th)
    A1 means he was fit (d) means he still had something not a 100% right.
    will look up codes later.

    As it appears that he was also working in hospitals I think crase is actually CMS e
    CMS (AD) is civilian Medical services (Army Dept).

    will go through it again later.
  18. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

  19. TrueBlueAngel

    TrueBlueAngel Member

    Thankyou, that's really helpful! Could the hospital part also mean he may have been a patient? I know he was shot in the war, I just don't know when. How else would I be able to find out?
  20. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Medical details are held by MOD with service papers but they won't release them unless under exceptional circumstances - family history purposes not considered an exceptional reason. The Canadian WW2 service files online have all the medical forms with them.

    I haven't got a service record in front of me at the moment but doesn't one of the forms have a space to record wounds or injuries sustained?

    Steve Y


    You could check the casualty lists in The Times online.

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