1209 Base Survey Unit RE

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by EnglishRose, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. EnglishRose

    EnglishRose Member

    Hope someone can help.

    My father's WW2 records for Africa include a posting to 1209 Base Survey Inst w/s.
    (w/s =war substantive).

    Part II Order : 02EME 37/44

    Posting: 22.9.44 1209 Base Svy Inst w/s

    Officers Initials: ?

    After that he was posted back to 512 Field Survey on 26.10.44

    Does anyone have any info on 1209 Base Survey?

    Thanks in anticipation
  2. Trux

    Trux 21 AG Patron

    I think in this case w/s is workshop. This would give 1209 Base Survey Instrument Workshop.

    North African Base units are not well covered but 1209 will be listed somewhere. It will be attached to a larger workshop unit. My interest and expertise is 21 Army Group in NW Europe and they sent items back to big workshops in the UK. This was not an option in N Africa.

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2018
  3. EnglishRose

    EnglishRose Member

    Thanks Mike, I appreciate your comments and for letting me know that w/s can also mean workshop (makes sense).

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