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How to interpret Army Record
« on: Wednesday 23 September 20 09:04 BST (UK) »
Hello, I am paid to have my relatives Army Record digitised but I am afraid I am none the wiser as I do not understand some of the shortened (capital letters) used to describe what he has done or where he is.  Can anyone - who loves to delve into Army history - help me to decipher this.
Also it mentions "Embarked at Townsville for (or per) "David Shanks" - what does this mean?
I have borrowed the history of the 2/12th unit and I would like to match my relatives records with the history of this unit.  The man I am researching is Walter Charles Horsfall NX 11278.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.  His records are now digitised with the National Archives of Australia.  Thank you

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Re: How to interpret Army Record
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 23 September 20 09:28 BST (UK) »
The David Shanks was an American troopship: https://yohidevils.net/misc/ships/shanks.htm
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Re: How to interpret Army Record
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 23 September 20 09:56 BST (UK) »
The record has 12 pages and presumably you can read at least some of it.  To save nugatory effort, can you identify the entries that are causing you trouble?

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Re: How to interpret Army Record
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 24 September 20 00:41 BST (UK) »
Thanks ShaunJ, That answers one of my questions. Much appreciated.

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Re: How to interpret Army Record
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 24 September 20 05:10 BST (UK) »
A list of abbreviations used in the Australian army during WW2.

http://www.2nd2ndpioneerbattalion.com/glossaryFRAMESET.html

Hopefully it is of some help.
James -Victoria, Australia originally from Keynsham, Somerset.
Janes - Keynsham and Bristol area.
Heale/Hale - Keynsham, Somerset
Vincent - Illogan/Redruth, Cornwall.  Moved to Sculcoates, Yorkshire; Grass Valley, California; Timaru, New Zealand and Victoria, Australia.
Williams somewhere in Wales - he kept moving
Ellis - Anglesey

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