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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David I thought that too, but it's not rank, it's unit/regiment.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the full entry for the ERA name?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kennedy, Harry., Marshall St., E.R.A., (s)
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm tempted to say it is his rank as suggested by David.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

L.A. Motor Battery?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David,

I think it will be Light Armoured Motor Battery.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David McNay wrote:
L.A. Motor Battery?


The section of "The Long, Long Trail" dealing with the Motor Machine Gun units of the MGC has:- 20 Battery became 13 Light Armoured Motor Battery in England in June 1916.
http://www.1914-1918.net/mmg.htm
Would that fit??
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that would fit, thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A query from WW2. A friend's father was in the RAF and went to Egypt. The acronym on his record is M.E.A.F. We're guessing Middle East but A F has us stumped. Air Force seems too obvious! Action Force? All suggestions welcome.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is that obvious! Yes, it is Middle East Air Force. There was also a Far East Air Force.

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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam for your prompt reply. Never rule out the obvious!
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
It is that obvious! Yes, it is Middle East Air Force. There was also a Far East Air Force.

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In the same way there was MELF & FARELF. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:42 am    Post subject: abbreviations Reply with quote

On Mossgreen war memorial the names are listed under various headings. Under M G C (assume Machine Gun Company) one of names listed is
SGT MAJ Wm LOVE ADS.I.F
I know he served with Australians so A I F, I assume is Australian Imperial Force, but what is the DS?
I know the answer going to be obvious!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing obvious, John, but there is a fairly full history of this man at
http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=337402
including that - he was "previously Permanent Staff Sergeant Major, Instructional Staff, Australia"
So perhaps Australian Defence Staff?????
Also this - "Previous military service Instructional Staff;previously served for 21 years in the 2nd Bn, Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment."
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a look at the Mossgreen panel in question. The MGC - Machine Gun Corps - refers to the two soldiers above CSM Love so we can ignore that abbreviation.

Looking at the other abbreviations - and see the way the Highland Light Infantry is written as Highland L.I. - I think that when the new granite panels were made, and probably based on the worn sandstone originals, they mistook AUS.I.F (Australian Imperial Force) for ADS.I.F.

I don't know if it will be possible to find an original unveiling report or booklet from the service but that may have the original inscription?

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