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World War Two / Re: ARP duty times in WW2
« on: Thursday 28 April 22 11:53 BST (UK)  »
Thank you PurdeyB. I played the YouTube video and then replayed it, pausing to read some of the reports in more detail. Two things that struck me (as well as the number of people you mentioned) was the typewritten reports (I almost wish we had the ‘ping’ at the end of a line when we ‘type’ now!) and the comment that working men ‘have a habit of demanding’ that their meal be ready on the table when they returned home from work! I’m not naive enough to think that never happens nowadays, but it’s certainly not as common practice as it was then thank goodness.

World War Two / Re: ARP duty times in WW2
« on: Tuesday 26 April 22 17:59 BST (UK)  »
To answer your question PurdeyB (ie where did I see the references) I checked back through the British Newspaper Archives where I knew I'd seen it and it was staring me in the face! The one newspaper I'd seen it in only had 'Code G' at the top of the page alongside black-out times etc. Most others (Birmingham newspapers) however actually had 'Civil Defence Rota Code G' (or Code A) - earlier (1942) it was 'Fire Guard and Warden's Service Rota'. So having answered my own question, I'm now on a mission to find out what 'Code A' or 'Code G' actually told CD/ARP wardens! My guess is that they merely informed people when their team (code A or Code G) were on duty

Armed Forces / MaxD
« on: Tuesday 26 April 22 14:40 BST (UK)  »
I have been wondering for a while why I wasnt seeing responses to people's queries from MaxD and so today did a bit of delving - I was saddened to read a message from his granddaughter that he had died. I would just like to record how very grateful I have been on many occasions for his helpful responses to my queries. RIP MaxD

World War Two / ARP duty times in WW2
« on: Tuesday 26 April 22 14:33 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me anything about the ways in which ARP wardens were allocated duty times? In some newspapers I have seen 'Code G' (and other code letters) which I think might be codes for duty shifts, but I have been unable to verify (or challenge!) my theory

World War Two / Re: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
« on: Sunday 10 April 22 17:45 BST (UK)  »
It was a long shot Linda, but the name doesnt crop up in my uncle's letters. Good luck with your search. I should have said how helpful the REME museum historian* was in intepreting my uncle's records (*he's since retired, so not sure if the service is the same now)

World War Two / HMS Daedalus II - Newcastle under Lyme 1944
« on: Sunday 10 April 22 16:39 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone help me with understanding an apprentice artificer's time at HMS Daedalus II in Newcastle under Lyme (Staffordshire) please. I know that it was 'shore based' and I've hear the term 'stone frigate' (presumably to describe a 'ship' that comprised a collection of buildings rather than a sea-worthy vessel) and I've also read that "ground beyond the boundaries of the establishment..." (based at Clayton Hall) "...were considered to be the sea." [ Accessed 10 April 2022]

My questions are: Is 'stone frigate' a correct term, and what other naval terms were used to describe land-based areas or buildings. Thank you 

World War Two / Re: Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
« on: Sunday 10 April 22 16:24 BST (UK)  »
'Hillhurst' has a useful piece of info about the formation of REME. My uncle was also in REME, as 'Clerk Technical'. Between conscription and the formation of REME he was in RAPC, then RASC, then RAOC. In August 1944, having spent his time on Active Service on home soil, his Unit moved to France and while he was there he wrote that he was now "with the Pioneer Corps" (so still in REME, but attached to the Pioneer Corps.) Are you sure your uncle 'transferred' to the Pioneer Corps? or might he have been with his unit when they were attached* to the Pioneer Corps? [* I'm sure others on RootsChat will correct me if I've used the wrong terminology]
There is an interesting account by another REME soldier of his time in France here:-
WWII War Time Diary Extracts. From Gunner Harry Thomas 14346364 Royal Artillery Pioneer Corps. 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. Accessed 9 Jan 2018 & 13 August 2021
Would you be prepared to share his name with me? If you don't want to do so publicly you could send me a private message (but I can't remember how to do that!). The reason I ask is because in his letters my uncle mentioned other REME soldiers he was serving with.

I am saddened to hear he had such bad mental health issues before call-up and then leading up to Court Martial. Conscription wasn't kind to such men. 

World War Two / Re: Meaning of abbreviation 'BUP'?
« on: Thursday 17 February 22 18:53 GMT (UK)  »
It’s obvious now you’ve explained it JenB. I obviously wasn’t looking in the right place or using the right search terms! Thank you for the link to the article which is very useful.

World War Two / Meaning of abbreviation 'BUP'?
« on: Thursday 17 February 22 17:21 GMT (UK)  »
I've been reading some reports in British newspapers in 1944 where quotations are attibuted to "BUP', "BUP War Correspondent", 'BUP correspondent' and 'Reuter and BUP'. Can anyone tell me what BUP was?

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