Tracing W.T.S. from Service Number

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by Rich Payne, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    A long shot indeed. We've had an old spoon knocking around at home for years and it's turned up again. It is a 1931-dated Mappin & Webb with WD mark and is stamped WTS 8042. I'd not really thought about it before but assume that it is a fairly early WTS / FANY number (did they re-issue their numbers when they became 'Women's Transport Service' in 1937 or was the prefix not needed in peacetime and added later ?).

    A quick search of the London Gazette hasn't shed any light. Are there any other on-line records that might put a name to a service number ?

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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks TD. That was about the limit of what I found too. I'll drop them a line. I have a feeling that it may have come from a house auction in Purley in the 1960s. It would be nice to find out if there was a local connection. I can imagine that those Gels kept a lot of their kit.

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