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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 08 November 17 17:02 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Max

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 08 November 17 17:54 GMT (UK) »
Definitely Royal Signals - It's my old regiment. He's wearing pre war service dress so at it's latest I would say it was taken in 1940 before the British Army moved to Battle Dress.

Service Records is the only way to see if he transferred to another unit. Earlier service numbers were blocks awarded to certain units but around 1942 or 1943 it changed to a General Service Corps number issued in numerical order regardless of unit.

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 08 November 17 22:31 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Drew

One of the men I men I am looking into died in May 1940 at Dunkirk. Do you happen to know if the Royal Signals were part of the BEF?

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 08 November 17 22:37 GMT (UK) »
Sorry Drew, I'm not sure my last question was relevant. One of the men I'm looking into did die at Dunkirk but he would have already transferred to another unit by then, providing he's one and the same man of course.

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 09 November 17 17:12 GMT (UK) »
Dunkirk is my speciality - What's his name? I may be able to tell you how/where he died.

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 09 November 17 19:04 GMT (UK) »
Andy  You might like to check out the first post in the thread, I'm sure with your expertise you will be able to decide between the 1940 and the 1943 deaths

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #15 on: Friday 10 November 17 01:10 GMT (UK) »
Hi

Sorry for the delay in replying - just logged in for today! The chap who I assume died at Dunkirk was Thomas Henry Bradley Murphy of the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt) .

Thanks Andy  and Max

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #16 on: Friday 10 November 17 09:08 GMT (UK) »
Paul  I've reviewed what I posted earlier about army number block allocations and realise to my horror that I omitted the most vital fact.
A man joining the Royal Signals would be allocated a number in the R Sigs block 2303001 to 2604000.  If he then transfers to another regiment or corps he retains his original number.  As both the Murphys have numbers within their regimental blocks, RF and RWK respectively, the numbers are indicating that they hadn't served previously in the Royal Signals.
I am sorry I didn't make that clear first time round!

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Re: RSC member help needed please - Murphy?
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 11 November 17 00:48 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Max. That seems to rule out both of the Murphys as being the man in the photo. I wonder who he was then?

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Paul