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Re: Deciphering WW2 Service Record
« Reply #18 on: Saturday 16 December 17 17:29 GMT (UK) »
Thank you MaxD.  The information you have given is great.  Maybe I'll have to get a copy of the diaries from the National Archives.

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« Reply #19 on: Saturday 16 December 17 17:33 GMT (UK) »
Have you got any idea what CDS means.
He was posted to 257 CDS - I know FDS is Field Dressing Station but not sure what the 'C' stands for.

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« Reply #20 on: Sunday 17 December 17 10:17 GMT (UK) »
While FDS does mean Field Dressing Station, in this context the abbreviations are:
FDS - Forward Delivery Squadron
CDS - Corps Delivery Squadron

These were different levels of Royal Armoured Corps units that provided men and tank reinforcements.  Men would sometimes “stage” in such a unit between unit postings.  In this case, he leaves 3 CLY and is “parked” with 217 FDS as 1st reinforcement, goes to North West Europe with them and later leaves them for the Royal Scots Greys.  Later leaves the Greys and goes to 257 CDS on the X iv list, may have been sick or simply awaiting transfer to another unit.  Other parts of the record may explain that.

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« Reply #21 on: Sunday 17 December 17 18:39 GMT (UK) »
Thanks MaxD that makes much more sense.  In that case does FAP mean something other than First Aid Post then?
'Att FAP'

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« Reply #22 on: Sunday 17 December 17 18:46 GMT (UK) »
I was waiting for that - sorry  ;)

For all purposes - context again, he was being attached (att) for pay. food, accommodation - all purposes to the second unit.  Not posted to them, attached is a temporary thing and unless he was going to be part of the permanent staff of the FDS, while with them he was attached.

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« Reply #23 on: Sunday 17 December 17 18:51 GMT (UK) »
I was waiting for that - sorry  ;)

For all purposes - context again, he was being attached (att) for pay. food, accommodation - all purposes to the second unit.  Not posted to them, attached is a temporary thing and unless he was going to be permanently posted to 2 HLI (in this case), while with them he was attached.

Later in his record we find him att FAP 271 FDS and the reverse comes later  - CTBA 271 FDS Ceases to be attached.

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« Reply #24 on: Sunday 17 December 17 18:56 GMT (UK) »
Thanks MaxD, you have been so helpful and have cleared up the confusion.  It is much appreciated.

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« Reply #25 on: Sunday 17 December 17 19:27 GMT (UK) »
you are most welcome. 

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Re: Deciphering WW2 Service Record
« Reply #26 on: Tuesday 24 November 20 17:22 GMT (UK) »
Hello, I'm wondering if you ever got the the bottom of 40th SQN and Marakel - I'm working on my grandfathers record at the moment and they have these same activities and dates.

Thanks.