Abbreviations

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

  1. idler

    idler GeneralList

    REAHW looks very much like a draft code - have a look at posts 86 & 87 on the previous page.
     
  2. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    REAHW looks very much like a draft code - have a look at posts 86 & 87 on the previous page.

    I'm glad you wrote that! I wasn't sure but it looked like the post you helped me with.
     
  3. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Neither am I! But this is the internet - the quickest way to get the right answer is to post the wrong one.
     
  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Leanmeanmo

    My own draft code was REAYK
    (Liverpool to Algiers in April 1943)

    Near enough to the one quoted above to confirm that what we are talking about is a unique number given to a wartime overseas draft.

    Check it out on the record sheet below, you can find all of my records on my personal page under Rons Army Records

    Ron
     

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  5. leanmeanmo

    leanmeanmo Junior Member

    Many thanks to all of you! I'm sure you're correct about REAHW being a draft code - I didn't appreciate there were such things. In this particular case it must have stood for the trip fron Greenock to Durban, with 3 days in Freetown, Sierra Leone, all on the good (troop)ship HMT F7. My Dad had included a note about conditions on board, lack of washing facilities, inadequate food (but they could buy extra in the canteen if they had any money). Also " One of the greatest injustices is the banning of smoking below decks, consequently when blackout prevents smoking on deck we cannot smoke from 6pm to 7am. The punishment is 14 days pay stopped. Yet we see the officers smoking in their cabins and in the lounge at all times. Gambling, too, is prohibited. The officers have their whisky and soda, beer, lime juice and comfortable quarters. Their meals, too, are of the best, eggs, chickens, roasts, jellies and fruit etc."

    So much for the easing of the demarcation lines between officers and men after the Crimean War.
     
  6. leanmeanmo

    leanmeanmo Junior Member

    These draft codes do seem to be a recurring theme; I'm relieved to see that I'm not the only one confused by them. Did they all have 5 letters?

    However, I have a new tough abbreviation that Google, the National Archives, etc. seem to have no record of and I'm hoping you good folks can help again please. It concerns my Mum's war record. She was on a searchlight unit; she told me she was the one who adjusted the carbon arc and its electrodes. Her war record has her rôle down as a SLNO. Any suggestions?
     
  7. Jan7

    Jan7 Senior Member

    .....However, I have a new tough abbreviation that Google, the National Archives, etc. seem to have no record of and I'm hoping you good folks can help again please. It concerns my Mum's war record. She was on a searchlight unit; she told me she was the one who adjusted the carbon arc and its electrodes. Her war record has her rôle down as a SLNO. Any suggestions?.....

    My best choice/choose for you: Perhaps your Mum :rolleyes:are a....
    • Search
    • Light
    • Night
    • Operator ?


    Jan.
     
  8. Jan7

    Jan7 Senior Member

    I think again about this acronym.....


    Perhaps could be
    • Search
    • Light
    • Maintenance/Mechanic
    • Operator ?
    This solution make sense at your enquirie and comments.....

    Do you could put a scan of your Mum's war record?

    [​IMG]M & N, in quick handwriten documents, are in ocassions both confuse.....




    Jan.
     
  9. leanmeanmo

    leanmeanmo Junior Member

    Looking at it again it could, possibly, be SLWO. . . . ?
     
  10. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Looking at it again it could, possibly, be SLWO. . . . ?

    Hi - perhaps it would be a good idea to scan that line! :)

    Jules.
     
  11. leanmeanmo

    leanmeanmo Junior Member

    OK, here's a scan. Clip 1 is from 'Army form B102' and clip 2 is from the Notification of Impending Release form. I hadn't noticed the clip 2 reference before, but that definitely looks like SL NO.

    I also note that elsewhere, under qualifications, it has 'plotter' if that helps.
     

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  12. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    OK, here's a scan. Clip 1 is from 'Army form B102' and clip 2 is from the Notification of Impending Release form. I hadn't noticed the clip 2 reference before, but that definitely looks like SL NO.

    I also note that elsewhere, under qualifications, it has 'plotter' if that helps.

    It does look like SL NO. Looking at the ATS Remembered website - ATS Remembered - History Searchlight Ops it says there that girls were allocated a number and the Trux link on this forum about searchlight units: http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/artillery/28493-searchlight-units.html has examples such as 'lance serjeant searchlight number.'

    Perhaps the NO is an abbreviation for number and your mum was 'Private searchlight number.'

    Just an idea.
     
  13. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    SQMS - which would be most likely used by the RAOC/REME - staff or squadron quartermaster sergeant?

    Thanks.

    Jules.
     
  14. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Does anyone recognise the abbreviation BAN. This occurs several times on D Day landing tables as Nucleus BAN. Like most of the mystery items it is probably Royal Navy rather than army.

    Mike.
     
  15. JamesP1967

    JamesP1967 Junior Member

    I'm trying to find out what WOUN means (could be WOUM - it's hard to tell) which appears several times on my Grandfathers war records - usually in relation to places he was posted. He was a Captain in the Provost Marshal attached to the R.A. I've noticed several other members on this site asking the same question but no one seems to know. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Royal Artillery - WOUM
     
  16. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review... Patron

    I don't think I've seen this one on any of the lists here...

    B.B.R.C

    I think it means British Base Reinforcement Camp - it is in my father's records at the time of his arrival in Bombay in '43 - it may have a reference to the Deolali camp, but...
     
  17. Jan7

    Jan7 Senior Member

  18. Robert Brown

    Robert Brown Junior Member

    Haven't seen any reference here to that famous classic on letters home from active duty or POW's..

    NORWICH (or as someone pointed out should be KORWICH!)

    Knickers Off Ready When I Come Home:)
     
  19. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    I wonder if anyone can shed light on these too abreviations taken from a former BRITISH soldiers service records (70th DLI Young Soldier)

    First is;-DRAFT RNZKW (or possibly RNZRW?)12/8/43

    Next is ;-To X.IV.1.9.RTD (I`m familiar with X listing X.IV but struggling big time on 1.9.RTD?)25/08/43

    Best Wishes
    Jim


    Any help or pointers appreciated both terms follow on from each other
     
  20. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Hi Jim - the Draft RNZKW or RNZRW was an ID code for soldiers going abroad. Some extra info is in this thread post 86 on and Ron has some info about his draft code post 104.

    I believe the RTD is Reinforcement Training Depot.

    Jules.
     
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