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Service record help please Grandfather

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    Hi folks is anyone able to make any sense of my Granfathers service records.
    Served with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper and posted to North Africa in 43, some of the writing appears unreadable.
    Thank you for any help.
    Steve
    Service record help please Grandfather
    Service record help please Grandfather
    Service record help please Grandfather
    Service record help please Grandfather
    Service record help please Grandfather

    My Grandfather
    Service record help please Grandfather

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    Anyone? really hoping to get some replacement medals made as the originals have gone missing.

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    strange he was awarded the italy star but no mention of italy on his papers, presume no africa star as he arrived a few days after the axis surrender.

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    Is it possible to highlight the entries which you need help with ?

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    Thanks guys, pretty much everything most of the writing is awful, which unit was he with, i know he served in Italy
    first pic far left, second on the right
    Service record help please Grandfather
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    To start with

    686 Artisan [or Artizan] Works Company 09/03/1943

    Some info on this type of unit here

    Artisan Works coy Royal Engineers | WW2Talk

    1 Pipeline Operating and Maintenance Company 11/09/1943

    I will have a further look later on.
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    Next - this one shows 754 Field Company Royal Engineers

    I think TT stands for Trade Training - in the case of your grandfather as a Fitter for engine filters and pumps.

    More tomorrow hopefully
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to help me.
    Kind of glad he played a low key role within the war which means i am here today so many did not make it.
    Steve

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    A little more

    14/10/1940. He seems to have started as a Sapper at 14 [Lines of Communications] Training Battalion RE. I assume that this when he joined the Army. [Ref 1]

    16/10/1940. Passed Trade Training and mustered as ???? Fitter EIII. [Ref 5]

    13/11/1941. Posted to No 3 Depot Battalion R.E. I think this was a holding unit for soldiers awaiting posting to a unit. [Ref 3]

    He appears to have attended a Technical College for his training. I think it is East Ham. Possibly commandeered for use by the military. [Ref 2]

    Civil Training Centre [Ref 4]

    Thatís about it from me. I have Googled some of the units with little success.

    I would suggest contacting the Royal Engineers Museum at Chatham. They were helpful when I was looking at my fatherís RE WW2 service.

    Royal Engineers Museum | 300 Years of military engineering history
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    Thanks once again, regarding medals do i read correctly 39-45, Italy, and defence, total of three.
    Steve

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