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Offline Ayashi

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RA, REME and service numbers
« on: Wednesday 11 February 09 14:36 GMT (UK) »
I knew that my grandfather was in REME, and I've now been told that he was in the Royal Artilliary at some point too...

I only have one service number for him. Someone said that his number would change when he got transferred and I wondered if there was any way of telling from the number if it is the one for the RA or REME?

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Re: RA, REME and service numbers
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 11 February 09 17:27 GMT (UK) »
Hi Ayashi

Not really my era as the REME was created during WW2. This was after the introduction of army numbers as opposed to regimental numbers. So my understanding is that a man transferring from the RA to the REME would keep his number.

His number would be in a block allocated to the RA, and there may be people on the forum who can say if it was allocated to a particular branch of the RA. So it would help if you posted the number.

Ken

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Re: RA, REME and service numbers
« Reply #2 on: Friday 13 February 09 14:14 GMT (UK) »
Thank you.

His number was 833353.

If it REME was created in WW2, do you know if it was created before or after Dunkirk? (He was at Dunkirk...)


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Re: RA, REME and service numbers
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 30 July 20 22:57 BST (UK) »
My dad was a workshop Sgt in the REME which had attached units to each RA regiment as the REME were basically the guys who kept the tanks and artillery rolling and repaired and hauled the tanks out of ditches when the tracks were blown off.(Have a picture of my dad standing in front of his Scammell truck with bullet holes through the windscreen). So your guy would have been in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers which was formed a couple of years after Dunkirk.

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]Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers was formed in 1942. From the very beginning the newly formed Corps was designated Royal, a significant honour and indicative of the faith engendered in it's innate ability to deliver the goods as required. Many Tradesmen from the RAOC, RASC and the RE's were transferred to the newly minted REME, immediate steps were also taken to provide trade training and even Apprentice facilities for the new Corps.

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Re: RA, REME and service numbers
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 01 August 20 10:43 BST (UK) »
Ayashi

Your post from 2009 about service numbers doesn't seem to have been answered properly. You may have got the answer in the intervening years but if your grandfather was the splendidly named Victor Frederick Theophilus Jones then he joined the Royal Artillery on 1 Jan 1934 and appears to have served on after the war, transferring to REME on 1 Oct 1951.  His record though is incomplete so only his service record would give a complete picture.

Apologies if you have this already but it looked like a loose end!

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