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WW2 British uniform question
« on: Tuesday 29 December 20 18:47 GMT (UK) »
Hi all, my grandparents were married during WW2 in Jerusalem. He was with the RAF and she was with the WATS. In their wedding photos there are a couple of men who do not appear to have any badges etc on their uniforms. I have been hoping to find out who one of them is and was wondering if the uniform gave any hint at all? Or if the lack of badges actually makes it unlikely I can find out more?

I have attached one of the photos with the man in question beside the bride. He does not appear to fit age or look for any of her male relatives so I am not sure why he is in the bridal party photo holding the brides hand?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 15:35 GMT (UK) »
He is in the army rather than the RAF.  They may all have been members of a bi-/tri-service outfit and he perhaps her superior.  The man on the right is in the RAF.  You could apply for her records which would show what unit she was in at the time which may help a little,

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 17:05 GMT (UK) »
have you checked marriage certificate see if witnesses are listed ? He is an army corporal

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 17:24 GMT (UK) »
Do you mean she was in the WAAFs?
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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 19:35 GMT (UK) »
WATS, Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service, though usually just known as the ATS

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 20:15 GMT (UK) »
He is in the army rather than the RAF.  They may all have been members of a bi-/tri-service outfit and he perhaps her superior.  The man on the right is in the RAF.  You could apply for her records which would show what unit she was in at the time which may help a little,

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Thanks for your reply!  The records I have say that my grandfather was RAF and grandmother was with 512 Company Auxiliary Territorial Service. So, the man in question is army? Would it fit for him to be an officer with that unit? Would it have been acceptable for them to be holding hands?

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 20:17 GMT (UK) »
that is the ATS. The three women's services were


WRENS - Navy
ATS - Army
WAAF - Air Force


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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 20:20 GMT (UK) »
have you checked marriage certificate see if witnesses are listed ? He is an army corporal

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Hi there, yes I have the certificate. I haven't managed to find any other records of the male witness, military or otherwise. Having said that, looking at the photo I feel like the younger guy is more likely to be the best man. This feels like a photo of the bridal couple, the bestman, bridesmaid and an unknown older guy holding the brides hand...  :) There is one uncle who might be the right age  but he didn't serve in WW2 that I can find so it seems unlikely he would be there in uniform.

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Re: WW2 British uniform question
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 30 December 20 21:41 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat tonip.

I canít add anything useful, but I think this photo is wonderful! Even if the army chap was a relative, it would still be odd for him to be holding his female relativeís hand in her wedding photo .... or even if this was a split second touch unintentionally captured by the photographer - still odd ... and strange that they had the photo printed rather than choose one where he wasnít touching the brideís hand.

I am letting my imagination run away with me here.  ;)

Did the army chap appear in any other photos, wedding or otherwise?