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Offline Gemma Walker

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Re: Help with writing on back of photograph
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 09:14 BST (UK) »
Thank you for that information.
I had come across the marriage certificate thank you.
We donít know a lot only odd bits my gran told my mum but she was only young. She was 2 when he died.
My gran passed away 12 years ago so Iím trying to find information for my mum as she has nothing.

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 09:17 BST (UK) »
Thank you.
I was told to move my post here but I didnít know how to.
The SA board said people here could help with the address on back of photo? What MEF and BT depot could be and VE.
Sorry for duplicating.
Iíll use the original advice and see where I go.

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 09:50 BST (UK) »
MEF is Middle East Force which effectively means "the army in Egypt and North Africa"

BT is Base Transit Depot - unfortunately it should have a number, there were more than one.  Only his record may show which one it was and as this was after the end of hostilities, war diaries (which aren't digitised) won't help.

VE looks as if it is part of his army number.  It certainly is not related to his location.

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 10:13 BST (UK) »
Thank you very much 😊

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 13:16 BST (UK) »
:sandfdoc@mweb.co.za This does not work. Came back undelivered but thank you.
Iíve emailed the other address gave to me.

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 14:07 BST (UK) »
They must have changed the address it is a while since I contacted them - I've just checked the SA Genealogy Facebook group they recommend this email address Archive@dod.mil.za

But I am sure the Info address will pass your request on

Happy hunting
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« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 19 June 19 15:32 BST (UK) »
Thank you Gillian.  I knew that the  details had changed but couldn't for the life of me remember or find what I posted back in February so I shamefully ducked the issue with the old address!!

For completeness:
Department of Defence
Command and Management Information System Division
Documentation Centre
Private Bag X289
Pretoria
0001
Office Hours: Monday Ė Friday, 08:00 Ė 16:00
Reading Room Hours: Tuesday Ė Thursday, 08:00 Ė 16:00
Telephone: (+27) 012 670 8000
Facsimile: (+27) 012 670 8001
Email archive@dod.mil.za

A Rootschatter who contacted them in February received the goodies in March so it works!


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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #16 on: Friday 28 June 19 13:25 BST (UK) »
I just wanted to say Thank you!
I had an email back from Department of Defence Archives at South Africa with a wealth of information.
I got all my grandads service records and found his mothers name!
Once again thank you for pointing me in that direction.

archive@dod.mil.za

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Re: Photo help. SA army. WW2 MEF
« Reply #17 on: Friday 28 June 19 13:44 BST (UK) »
That's great - and such a quick response! happy hunting further
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