Finally got my Grandfathers service record

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by KGoddard, May 1, 2011.

  1. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    SOS is struck off strength.

    The name should be a unit or barracks or hospital. I am not sure it says Alfred as the last letter does not look like the other letter ds in the entry.

    Alfred was a RN barracks.

    Mike
     
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  2. KGoddard

    KGoddard Junior Member

    SOS is struck off strength.

    The name should be a unit or barracks or hospital. I am not sure it says Alfred as the last letter does not look like the other letter ds in the entry.

    Alfred was a RN barracks.

    Mike

    Thanks Mike
    so what does Struck Off Strength mean? :unsure:
    Keith
     
  3. RJL

    RJL Senior Member

    Hi Keith
    I've no experience of WW2 records, only a few from WW1. Basically SOS & TOS are all about moving between units. For example, say a soldier was in the Xshires 5th Battalion and he was being transfered his record might look like

    Date S(truck) O(f) S(trength) to 7th Bn Date
    Date T(aken) O(n) S(trength) from 5th Bn Date

    Q. Looking back through your GF's record is there any mention of other SOS or TOS?
     
  4. KGoddard

    KGoddard Junior Member

    Thanks RJL

    Keith
     
  5. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Hello Keith,

    The last letter looks like an 'a'; being similar to an 'a' in the line above.

    The orders reference in the left hand column include 'ALF' in the title and he was in SEAC - South East Asia Command?

    Could the name be an amalgamation of ALF and SEAC i.e. 'Alfsea'?

    Best,

    Steve.
     
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  6. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    I think Steve has it right. I woke up this morning knowing the answer. Almost certainly it is ALFSEA for Allied Land Forces South East Asia. This did exist. It is also logical that if he was going home he would be struck off the strength.

    Mike
     
  7. KGoddard

    KGoddard Junior Member

    :)

    Many Thanks Steve and Mike

    Keith
     
  8. kivo

    kivo Member

    I sent the forms off about two weeks ago but haven't yet had acknowledgment they have recieved what I sent.

    I phoned them up in Glasgow and they said it's been posted today - I asked how long the actual records would take to arrive, and she said what was posted WERE the actual records!

    If I get them back tomorrow, that'll be within two weeks of sending the application.

    Apparently they have to get them back to you within 30 days because of Freedom of Information?
     
  9. Roxy

    Roxy Senior Member

    Kivo,

    Good luck! I hope that they are the records that you are asking for; although, I'm not convinced. I think - happy to be proved wrong - that personal details are exempt from FOI. I sent off for my grandfather's Service Records in Oct; I received confirmation that the request was being processed in early Nov - with indication that I should expect to wait 6 - 8 months - and, after enquiring about them last week, was informed that they had been 'hastened' as a result of my e-mail and should be with me in 4 -6 weeks.

    As I said, I hope that you get yours tomorrow; please let us know. Them I can put someone on a 'fizzer'!

    Roxy
     
  10. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I sent the forms off about two weeks ago but haven't yet had acknowledgment they have recieved what I sent.

    I phoned them up in Glasgow and they said it's been posted today - I asked how long the actual records would take to arrive, and she said what was posted WERE the actual records!

    If I get them back tomorrow, that'll be within two weeks of sending the application.

    Apparently they have to get them back to you within 30 days because of Freedom of Information?

    Kivo,

    That's a new one to me, but I hope it is correct and you receive the records you wish.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  11. kivo

    kivo Member

    Thanks guys.

    Hopefully I'll be one of the lucky ones!
     

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