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Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« on: Tuesday 29 January 19 15:19 GMT (UK) »
Can anyone shed light on this please. The name and address of an Ordinary Seaman in WW2 is written in my aunt's address book. After his surname, initial, O.S. [Ordinary Seaman], & service number is written "A Hur' (or might it be A Hut?) then HMS Buzzard,c/o GPO London. An alternative address was given as A. Mess, (then his service number), c/o FMO, 902 Kingston, Jamaica. I know that HMS Buzzard was a shoreline base in Jamaica rather than a sailing ship of any description.

Am I right in thinking that 'A Hut' and 'A Mess' are likely to be one and the same thing?

And am I right in thinking that FMO means 'Fleet Maintenance Office'

If neither of these are right, are there any other suggestions please? Thank you
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 29 January 19 15:37 GMT (UK) »
FMO is Fleet Mail Office in this context (similar to British Forces Post Office).  Don't know about the A Hur -

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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 29 January 19 18:09 GMT (UK) »
Thank you
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 18:39 GMT (UK) »
Just a long shot. A big camp with lots of large huts eg A Hut, B Hut, C Hut etc with mail sorted in bags for each hut?

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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 18:43 GMT (UK) »
That seems to make sense IMBER - especially given that his address was also given as 'A. Mess' (by which was meant a gathering place not an untidy one!) Thank you
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 31 January 19 12:51 GMT (UK) »
Haha...…
Mess....is the place they live in, a bed, small cupboard and a coat hook.
I was lucky to go on one of the ships my brother was on, his Mess consisted of 6 beds, a shower/loo and wash basin. A fixed table in the middle, I think there were fold up chairs that could be stored away.
Cramped to say the least.
My nephew was on the Ark Royal, he was in 3 P Mess. They asked permission to have a 2p and a 1p made into cufflinks as a reminder of their stay in the Mess. Looked nice.
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 31 January 19 13:33 GMT (UK) »
Thank you Maggsie I enjoyed that. The word ‘Mess’ does seem to vary from the scenario you describe to a very large space used by very many people.
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 31 January 19 16:33 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Meaning of 'A Hur' or 'A Hut' and 'FMO' on Royal Navy addresses please
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 31 January 19 16:39 GMT (UK) »
Thank you IMBER. The BBC People's War has some interesting anecdotal evidence which all helps to 'put flesh on the bones' of more academically written accounts. Its just knowing where to look! I much appreciate these insights - thank you
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