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Offline Roger Wagstaffe

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Abbreviation
« on: Sunday 17 March 19 12:55 GMT (UK) »
On my father's war records there is the abbreviation W/Bdr. I understand the Bdr is bombardier but am unable to trace the prefix W. Help please

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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 17 March 19 13:10 GMT (UK) »
 Could it be a badly-written L, for Lance?  A for Acting seems less likely.
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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 17 March 19 13:16 GMT (UK) »
Definitely W. He went through Gunner then L for Lance then U/A which is also a mystery then W all with the suffix BDR

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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 17 March 19 13:36 GMT (UK) »
Unpaid and Acting, for U/A.  Could W mean something like War, which did relate to commissioned officers, as War Substantive, I believe?

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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 17 March 19 14:43 GMT (UK) »
U/A NAKED sense but not sure about W. Thanks

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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 17 March 19 14:49 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 17 March 19 15:16 GMT (UK) »
That old post on Ancestry confused Brigadier, a senior officer, with Bombardier, an NCO in the Royal Artillery.

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Re: Abbreviation
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 17 March 19 15:58 GMT (UK) »
The W in front of ranks during the war was - wait for it - the abbreviation for War.  This was distinguishing between those men whose rank (in this case Bombardier - two stripes in the Royal Artillery) was temporary and only held for wartime.  A regular soldier promoted to two stripes would simply be Bdr.

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