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Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« on: Wednesday 04 August 21 07:53 BST (UK) »
Can anyone clarify why this Attestation Form is different from the usual white one? What were the Special Forces referred to? I assume there might be some clue in the long line of initials?

I know there is a specialised Armed Forces board, but thought it might not be familiar with Australian details.

I don't wish to identify the (deceased) individual at this stage, due to a sensitive, irregular family relationship which was the cause of legal action many years ago.

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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 04 August 21 09:34 BST (UK) »
I dont know the answer, but I would like to find it out  ... it is n excellent question..

Have you asked the National Archives of Australia or the Australian War Memorial.... their websites have 'contact us' email access.


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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 04 August 21 09:44 BST (UK) »
Looking at the NAA site:
AASC is possibly Australian Army Service Corps
TD is possibly Training Depot

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EC possibly Education Centre edit: or Eastern Command


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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 04 August 21 11:46 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the suggestion Matthew. I think I'll contact the War Memorial.

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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 04 August 21 13:10 BST (UK) »
Sent query. They may take 10 days or so to reply.

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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 04 August 21 23:21 BST (UK) »
Matthew's suggestions are very likely to be spot on.   I have just had a phone call from an Aunty (wife of my Uncle George) who says Eastern Command, Australian Army Service Corps, Training Depot at Redbank Barracks (its near Ipswich, in Qld) was where her brother was. 

http://www.historia.net.au/equal-to-the-task_v1-raasc/e1-fore/index.html
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/PL504054

Looking at the NAA site:
AASC is possibly Australian Army Service Corps
TD is possibly Training Depot

M

Add:
EC possibly Education Centre edit: or Eastern Command

JM



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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 05 August 21 08:28 BST (UK) »
Thanks majm. It sounds quite reasonable and I will possibly be able to confirm that when I get a response from the AWM.

I'm still curious about the different coloured form. It contained no next of kin details, and also included mug-shot type photographs, which I've not encountered before.

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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 05 August 21 08:48 BST (UK) »
My Dad's WWII file has NO photo, but his first cousin's does.  They both enlisted on same day, in queue together, interviewed by same chap etc.

I will make some phone calls tomorrow morning.   :D    :D

PS Both served overseas ...

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Re: Please help identify Australian WW2 "Special Forces" unit
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 05 August 21 09:03 BST (UK) »
Attaching a snip that may be of interest.  I do NOT have permission to share the NX details as that file includes information that identifies a living person.

Have you sighted the actual document or only the digitised image.  I ask this as my rellie who is a retired Archivist reminds me that sometimes the digitiser deliberately adjusted the colour so that the digitised image is enhanced to assist legibility.

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