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Abbreviation on headstone
« on: Saturday 27 June 20 09:15 BST (UK) »
William Ewart Desmond (b. 1898) served in the RASC in WW1 as a private. He subsequently emigrated to Canada. His grave headstone gives his title as Sgt. and the letters R.C.A.S.C,. C.A. are engraved.

https://canadianheadstones.com/search-item.html?psid=1500170

Can anyone tell me what these letters stand for and whether they throw any light on his promotion to Sergeant?
Many thanks
MEEHAN, HENAGHAN Ballinrobe Co. Mayo; HENEHAN, Derby; GRIMES Coolisduff Co. Mayo; KEEFFE Clyard Co. Mayo; WARD, DESMOND Claudy Co. Derry; FEDIGAN Ardgillan Co. Dublin

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Re: Abbreviation on headstone
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 27 June 20 09:26 BST (UK) »
Perhaps - Royal Canadian Army Service Corps - and perhaps Canadian Army  :-\
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Re: Abbreviation on headstone
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 27 June 20 09:28 BST (UK) »
Canadian archives gives Canadian Army https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/Pages/military-abbreviations.aspx#c .  The number on the list would seem to confirm that.

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Re: Abbreviation on headstone
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 27 June 20 09:37 BST (UK) »
Thank you BumbleB and MaxD for your very swift responses. That is really helpful and makes sense. I have had it confirmed that William did indeed serve in the Canadian Army in WW2 Great to wrap this one up.
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MEEHAN, HENAGHAN Ballinrobe Co. Mayo; HENEHAN, Derby; GRIMES Coolisduff Co. Mayo; KEEFFE Clyard Co. Mayo; WARD, DESMOND Claudy Co. Derry; FEDIGAN Ardgillan Co. Dublin

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« Reply #4 on: Saturday 27 June 20 10:01 BST (UK) »
Depending on the terms, you could consider applying for his service record.  It will come under the heading of restricted files (service after 1919)

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/transparency/atippr/Pages/Access-information-military-files.aspx#tab2

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Re: Abbreviation on headstone
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 27 June 20 10:04 BST (UK) »
Thank you MaxD - I'll look into that.
MEEHAN, HENAGHAN Ballinrobe Co. Mayo; HENEHAN, Derby; GRIMES Coolisduff Co. Mayo; KEEFFE Clyard Co. Mayo; WARD, DESMOND Claudy Co. Derry; FEDIGAN Ardgillan Co. Dublin