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WW2 Service Record Abbreviations & Acronyms
« on: Tuesday 10 November 20 09:20 GMT (UK) »
Hello, I'm trying to decipher the WW2 Service Record of a friend's grandfather and I'm struggling to understand some of the abbreviations and acronyms.

On the 18th September 1942 his record states that he was with No. 2 Infantry Depot (not his unit, which is 1st Sherwood Foresters) and that he had been relegated to CLASS W, ROYAL ARMY RESERVE on compassionate grounds for 3 months. There is no indication what his wounds might be - mental or physical - or any notes indicating that he had been in combat (Sherwood Foresters were at Tobruk - and his battalion captured - which would explain his injuries, but nothing is written in his record to say he was there). I'm hoping some explanation might lie in the letter of authority, it reads, as follows:-

Authority: WO Letter No.BM 04134 (AGID) dated 15.9.42

I'd be very grateful for any help decoding this letter, many thanks.

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Re: WW2 Service Record Abbreviations & Acronyms
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 10 November 20 10:13 GMT (UK) »
Class W Reserve was for men who were deemed more value to the country in their civilian trade than in the army so unless it specifically mentions wounds, I'd suggest it revolves around his civilian trade.

The letter will simply have been the document that made it happen and would give no detaii related to his service..

He remained subject to recall during the time away from military duties.

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Re: WW2 Service Record Abbreviations & Acronyms
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 10 November 20 10:41 GMT (UK) »
If it was compassionate grounds what was happening at home or to a member of his family.
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Re: WW2 Service Record Abbreviations & Acronyms
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 10 November 20 11:25 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for this information, it's much appreciated. I'll scan the text for more clues, but it's appalling handwriting!