Service Record Occupation and Posting Help

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by MongoUK, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Afternoon all,

    Still trying to decipher a Service record.

    Two points being;

    1) A service record where they have passed as a driver mechanic II.
    It shows as "Passed as D/M "D" II - additional qualification . N.Y.M."

    Any thoughts what the "D" and N.Y.M. part refers to?

    2) I believe 2 squadrons of his unit were combined, which he was posted to.
    His service record states "Posted this unit (Surplus T)", any ideas which the Surplus T would indicate?

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    In situations like this it is often best to upload clear images of the information you are trying to decipher, we have had instances where what the original poster said "the records stated XXX" was in fact something different.

  3. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member



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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    My guess--and I must confess that I've not seen it used on a service record before is that NYM is 'Not Yet Merited'.

    If it turns out that "D" II is a low classification of pass, this would make sense.
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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This might help:

    Army trades are arranged in three groups, A, B and C, in a descending order of difficulty and time required in attaining proficiency. There are three degrees of skill, Classes III, II and I, in each Army trade which correspond with the grades of learner, journeyman and master craftsman where there is an equivalent trade in industry. The several rates of pay reflect the time required and difficulty in attaining proficiency in each class of each trade

    There was also a 'D' as your paper proves.

    From that same thread:

    Driver Mech is trained to drive a tracked vehicle - grade III & II only

    Occupational Classes, Trades, Grades and Ranks
    My speculation, this man was of average ability at a 'low difficulty' skill (no offence intended if he's a relative, I bet I couldn't manage it), so they didn't put him in for further/extra courses of instruction at that time. This is only informed guesswork, I must add.
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  6. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    None taken, it's my step-grandad.

    I believe he was an Humber light recce car driver as part of a Reconnaissance unit, so I would imagine that the skill requirement was lower if that's the case...?
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Presumably, but I could't say for sure.

    Interesting that he was posted to Phantom.

    I've been pondering that annotation 'Surplus T'. I was tempted to say that it was surplus to the establishment strength of the unit, but i can't see why such a fact would be noted on his personal record. So probably not.

    T on a soldier's record most commonly means temporary, but I can't see the dates to ascertain how long he was with them. If you'd like to photograph the whole page, I think other members might get involved and tease out more details.
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