Help with Service Record

Discussion in 'Royal Artillery' started by LouisF, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. LouisF

    LouisF New Member

    Hello All;

    I have recently managed to get a copy of my father's WW2 service record and after some 2 weeks (with many thanks to other people's postings on this forum) I have managed to crack most of it but there are some entries that are completely undecipherable to me.

    I have attached a copy of the page in question with 4 areas marked in red boxes. If anyone could shed any light on the meaning of entries in the red boxes it would be very much appreciated

    Very new to this so please let me know if I need to provide more info

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  2. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum LouisF, bottom box read medically examined AFW3149 received
    Hope this helps

  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

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  4. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Top line, classified class 1A. I think is rate of pay.

  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I thought 1A was a medical classification, as in the X list link or this

  6. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    I would have thought 1A was indeed a medical grade. There is a discussion of rates of pay here:

    In July 1944 he was admitted to the 5th General Hospital, then back to the 9th Royal Fusiliers 22/8/44. As Diane says in her post, 'X2' refers to a medical draft list.

    '13LFA' may refer to 13th Light Field Ambulance, part of 7th Armoured Division originally. Back to 9th RF 24/10/44 as 'X4' which again is a medical draft - see Diane's link.

    Not sure about the 'CO' or 'CD' abbreviations.
  7. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Thanks dbf and Brian for the info and putting me right, learning all the time.

  8. LouisF

    LouisF New Member

    Thanks Lotus, DBF and Brian, this will really help. I think I'm going to go over it all again now that i have this info and see if it changes any of my earlier conclusions. Also I'm hoping I have enough now to start some more research on what his units were doing. I'll be sure to reach out when i get stuck.

    I only wish I had taken the time when Dad was alive

    Thanks again
  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I'm not sure, just a suggestion
    In the second block you've highlighted there are two mentions of G.H.
    If they are references to a general hospital, then this might apply:

    From -

    5 British General Hospital
    Goodwood 8/40 to 11/42 then overseas to Bone;
    Bone (Africa)11/42 to 12/42 then to Zeriser;
    Zeriser 12/42 to 22/6/44 then to Cancello;
    Cancello 22/6/44 to 8/44 then to Assisi;
    Assisi 8/44 to 4/45;
    Pesaro 4/45 to 7/9/45 then disbanded.

    11 British General Hospital
    Madagascar 6/42 to 20/1/43 then to M.E.F.;
    Madia 5/43 to 8/43 then to Catania; Catania 8/43 to 5/6/44;
    Cancello 5/6/44 to 2/8/44 then to Arezzo;
    Arezzo 2/8/44 to 9/8/44 then to Porto Recanati;
    Porto Recanati 9/8/44 to 3/45 then to Jesi;
    Jesi 3/45 to 5/12/45 then disbanded.
  10. LouisF

    LouisF New Member

    Thanks DBF, do you think its possible that he was in:

    5 GH from Aug 15 to Aug 28 then
    11 GH from Sep 17 to Oct 24

    Would that typically be sick more so then wounded?

    Then he was WIA on Dec 27

    I cant figure out what the posting after WIA means, any thoughts on that? I believe that he took a bullet to the head and was hospitalized in cassino (went through his tin hat ) resulting in a sizable chunk of bone missing from his forehead. Could that be the WIA?

    The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know!

    Thanks again for helping with this.
  11. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    you are a bit mixed up here- as IF he as in 5gh which at that time was in Assisi- he would have been close to the Gothic Line -no other hospital until the CCS opened at Ancona- then he was

    IN the Gothic Line battles at Sep 17 - Oct - so he was sick both times as you claim he was wounded on Dec 27 - 1944- and would NOT have been treated at Cassino…way to the South as there

    were plenty of Hospitals in the North as I suspect he was wounded on the River Senio at that time

    as he was in 56Div try for their war diary for that period as they took a helluva beating at Gemmano-(google for that Battle)

  12. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    The line after WIA says:

    8 CD 4/1/45, 2 CRU 21/1/45

    Don't know what CD is, but I think CRU is Corps Reinforcement Unit

    Edited: Could you tell us your father's name please?

  13. LouisF

    LouisF New Member

    Thanks Tom & Lesley, mixed up for sure & was struggling to figure out how the geography made sense as it all looked to be too far away from cassino. The significance of 'attached 56 div' totally escaped me until you pointed it out. Just entering into the weekend which will give me some time to get stuck in. When i get it into some form of legible order I will put it to the group for some more very welcome feedback.

    Lesley, my father was called Harry Skelton, born 1911. Happy to share any info you would like.

    Thanks again
  14. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    CD is more likely to be Corps Depot - before TOS to CRU


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