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Where exactly did they serve


On Dads service records it simply states ME or NG.

How can I find out exactly where. We know he was in Crete and Syria but this isn't mentioned on his service records, there are lots of postcard and pictures etc that we have showing different places, but most of the info has been cut out or blackened out.

One letter has about three lines that you can read the rest is all cut out.

When he was alive he mentioned lots of places but not having maps showing these makes it hard to find out where exactly he was and what battles he was involved in.

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Dee

I don't know much about WW2 (keep trying not to get sidetracked) - but I'd say ME is probably the Middle East & NG New Guinea.

It's weird that your father's record has been censored so heavily - perhaps he was involved in secret operations! My grandfather's record clearly states when he was at Bougainville, Rabaul & Thursday Is.

Anyway - for a wealth of information on WW2 (and any other war actually) - check out the Digger History website.

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Thanks Frev,

Dads papers are well and truly up the river, dates jump all over the place - to my mind it looks as though they have been through them and literally - cut and pasted.

I had to get permision to get them released and they posted them to me. I also requestd that they be digitised which they now have done - but they have digitised the ones they sent me.

I have spoken to Mum and she can't understand why they have not listed heaps of places that he served in. Her brother is going to go through them also as he was in the army at the same time. I feel that they have only sent me what they wanted to.

We know of lots of places that he told us about, he never told us of any action only the funny things that they did etc.

He was mainly in Signals so I don't think there is anything there that would be "top secret".

Damned frustrating.

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Hi Dee,
Records are often not in chronological order and were updated as the information was received. This is standard for service papers and they were generally not 'censored'. They merely recorded details of postings to units and different theatres of war. Movement details rarely state individual locations that a unit was serving [sign in to see URL] will need to refer to unit histories or the war diaries. I am not certain, and think I have discussed this with you before, but perhaps Crete was considered part of the ME theatre? May be worth asking the AWM?

Rgds

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Have a look for Gordon Maitland's 'The Battle history of the NSW Regiment Volume II' (Kangaroo Press). It provides excellent coverage of all battlefields of WWII and lists what units fought in what battles or areas. You may have to find out which larger unit the signal corps were attached to and follow the larger unit's movements.
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Graeme,
According to the service papers Dee has shown me he was a linesman attached to the 3rd Light AA Regiment. A battery of the unit did serve on Crete. Crete is not mentioned in his service papers however I think Dee apparently has letters etc. referring to his service there.

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