Author Topic: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940  (Read 1848 times)

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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #9 on: Monday 29 May 17 19:12 BST (UK) »
Should get a medal for being b****ed about!  Likely to have been the REME.  Have you got his record - happy to have a look to translate it if you wish.

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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 30 May 17 11:43 BST (UK) »
Thank you for your offer to look at his Service Record. I think the REME historian did a pretty good job of interpreting that for me - my uncertainty about whether he was in RAOC when I post my earlier comment was because I was away from my desk so I was relying on memory!

As I understood it, in the early days (not sure about later) of enlistment, little regard was played to assessing the individual's strengths and experiences set against the needs of the military, so he joined the RAPC.  As he had some clerical experience (he enlisted as an Invoice Clerk) this seemed a suitable Corps, and he was quite small (32" chest) so possibly deemed unfit for combat. He was upgraded from Class III qualification to Class II. I'm not sure why he transferred to RASC. He was then hospitalised at Botleys Park War Hospital for about 6 months (don't know why) He was then selected for training as a Radio (Radar????) mechanic (still in RASC) then 'compulsorily transferred to RAOC after he'd finished that training. He was later removed from the Radio Mechanics trade group, retrained & remustered as Clerk Technical. [do you know what that means?] When REME was formed he was transferred to it, and stayed with REME until demob.
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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 30 May 17 16:46 BST (UK) »
A clerk who has had additional training to document technical matters as opposed to, for example, a clerk (supply) who is versed in matters to do with supply. 

My doubting Thomas act earlier missed the time element.  Radar mechanices were indeed RAOC personnel until the specialism was transferred along with the men and some other trades, to the REME in phases starting in 1942.  Uncle was in there somewhere!

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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 30 May 17 17:17 BST (UK) »
Thanks for clarifying the difference in Clerking (is that a verb??!!). My uncle transferred to REME w.e.f 1/10/42, so at the time REME was formed
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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday 30 May 17 17:25 BST (UK) »
This is quite good on the beginnings of REME for interest http://www.mkbartlett.co.uk/data/rac/reme/0203MK01LC.pdf

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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 30 May 17 17:37 BST (UK) »
interesting background to REME, thank you. 'Royal' from the start!!
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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 06 December 17 16:17 GMT (UK) »
intrigued by the pictures that feature in this thread. We've just started going through a suitcase of family photos and have found a picture stating "Tarver 2 Squad RASC Feb 11th 1941"

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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 06 December 17 19:52 GMT (UK) »
I'd love to see that photo kelmcfrln - is that possible? Be warned, delving into suitcases of old photographs cen become addictive!
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Re: Tarver Squad RASC Nov 1940
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 06 December 17 20:07 GMT (UK) »
Agreed but it would be interesting to see if any of the instructor types are in photo 2.

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