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REME service - sketchy info
« on: Sunday 19 July 20 10:55 BST (UK) »
Morning!  I have the sketchiest of info so far on this particular ancestor (Uncle) and wonder if anyone could either point me in a direction for more (I'm trying to persuade the family to hunt for service papers).

Martin Thomas Loftus b 1921
Was in REME, something to do with radar in the North of England.  There's a record in Forces War for a Martin T Loftus, Craftsman, 1947 No. 2051207 but not keen on paying out for this one record - unless it's last resort.
Family said he was also ROAC
Photo of his medals below, I see the Efficiency Medal is for long service?  Does this mean he was TA throughout the War?

Any points would be great.  I've tried searching his No. on Ancestry, FindMyPast and Fold3 with no luck. 

Many thanks
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Re: REME service - sketchy info
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 19 July 20 11:01 BST (UK) »
Service records after 1920 are still with the MOD and nowhere else. 

https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records
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Re: REME service - sketchy info
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 19 July 20 11:17 BST (UK) »
The pre-war TA was mobilised at the outbreak of war so while he was still on the books of the TA, he was now a full time soldier.  Time served in wartime counted double towards his twelve years service.

Certain parts of the RAOC (not ROAC) became REME on the latter's formation in 1942.

This for background.  All will be revealed if you follow Rosie's advice.

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Re: REME service - sketchy info
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 19 July 20 12:49 BST (UK) »
Great, that helps, thank you re TA and RAOC.  I'm hoping his family will hunt for papers with renewed vigour (waited 3 months already).  Either way we'll get them, I'm just impatient, lol.

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Re: REME service - sketchy info
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 10 January 21 16:21 GMT (UK) »
Have you checked if his name and service number are engraved on the edges of the medals?
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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 10 January 21 16:29 GMT (UK) »
Ah no, just checked the back.  I have photos of them but will look carefully again.  thank you for this.

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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 10 January 21 17:29 GMT (UK) »
Have you checked if his name and service number are engraved on the edges of the medals?

WW2 Medals were NOT engraved with the recipients details.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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« Reply #7 on: Sunday 10 January 21 20:15 GMT (UK) »
Ok thanks for clarifying

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« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 12 January 21 15:14 GMT (UK) »
Jebber - you say 'WW2 Medals were NOT engraved with the recipients details.' - I beg to differ - partially! These are my father's medals, the 1939-1945 Star have his details (rank, surname, initials) on the back, the 1939-1945 Defence Medal and the 1939-1945 War Medal have the same around the edge. If you meant his service number then of course you are right - that is not on the medals. Wishful thinking on my part! (Sorry, no image, I couldn't fathom out how to fit it in so the info I referred to was visible)
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