HELP with my amazing treasure trove !

Discussion in 'REME/RAOC' started by Buckdog76, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. Buckdog76

    Buckdog76 Member


    My Grandad was very vague about his wartime years and whilst i was fascinated as a child he always managed to change the subject ! When i was 13 he passed away and i had lost a very special person =( When i was older i tried to talk to my Nan about his sevice but again she was very keen (i could tell) to change the subject.
    2 years ago she too passed away but i have just found a treasure trove of information in the loft !!!! It really is a finding treasure moment.....theres letters, cap badges, buttons, coins, stamps, photos, souvenirs from Egypt, Palestine etc, airgraphs, and even a Lee Enfield .303 cartridge !

    I cannot wait to research the letters and try and piece together the information i have always craved. Until now all i knew is that he served in North Africa and have always believed he was at or near El Alamein. I guess i will soon know alot more ! =)

    I may however need help piecing things togather if anyone fancies helping me. Also im worried about not being able to read the very small and wavy script....any ideas how i can get around this ?

    There are some amazing photos and two of note are "The Wailing Wall" and "The Garden of Gethsemane"

    Anyway his airgraphs suggest he was part of the RAOC which i know is the Royal Army Ordanance Corps but what does MEF mean ???

    i hope to contact the MOD Medals office too to see if he qualified for any service medals/awards. This would complete the picture for me and really make my day no in fact year !

    Thanks in advance and in eager anticipation of any help, tips or advice

    Best Regards
    a very proud grandson
  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Well I think you may have come to the right place, BD - anything you can't ID or need help with, there's bound to be a chap here who will know.
    Doubtless someone will suggest obtaining service records too - there ought to be a thread here on how to obtain, but I seem to have misplaced it :unsure:.

    Good Luck!
  3. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

  4. Buckdog76

    Buckdog76 Member

    Thanks guys ! =)
  5. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    Hi and welcome to the forum.
    MEF= Middle East Force.

    Any questions, just ask. Look forward to hearing more about your grandad.
  6. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    Welcome to the site, seems like you have an interesting start? Do the letters indicate a unit type and number? Any service book? You have the starting block. Look forward to seeing more posts & don't be afraid to ask questions :) we are all here to learn and help each other
  7. Buckdog76

    Buckdog76 Member

    I have just had a quick look at one of the many letters, telegraphs and airgraphs and it says

    Jan 20th 1943
    R Camp
    5 BOD ???

  8. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    5 BOD = 5 Base Ordnance Depot. which I think was at Tel el Kebbir.
  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    It might be an idea to timeline the photos/docs you have them post them on the forum.I am sure forum members will be able to assist.
    As stated service records will also help build your picture £30 plus possibly 12 month wait.

  10. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

  11. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Hi Buckdog welcome to the forum. Am looking forward to seeing what you have to post :)
  12. Buckdog76

    Buckdog76 Member

    Can anyone suggest the best way of sharing pics ? Do i link to another site or upload onto this one ????

  13. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    It's whatever is easiest for you :) I use Photobucket because I don't have to think about file sizes and also because I mainly use my iPad for all things internet.
  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Add them to an album in the Gallery as that works the same way as a site like Photobucket now.
    See this thread on how to add them to a post once uplaoded to the Gallery.

    Use that thread to experiment first if you like.
  15. Buckdog76

    Buckdog76 Member

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  16. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Yes. Lovely pics. Thank you for posting them :)
  17. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Thanks for posting. Lovely pictures


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