Sidney Hewitt RAOC/REME Feb 1942 - 1947

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  1. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    I am researching my Fathers Army service, I have obtained his service record and I have quite a lot of other paperwork. I am trying to get a better understanding of his service. I am also interested if any members have any information on where the following photographs may have been taken Sids large army group shrunk.jpg
    Picture 1

    More Pictures to follow​
     
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  2. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Army Group.jpg
    Picture 2​
     
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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Hello, great photos, if you post his service number to identify him there are a few people around here who may be able to help.
     
  4. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Army Group c.jpg
    Picture 3​
    Sidney Hewitt Service number 10582762​

     
  5. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Army Form B 102 Page 1 rear shrunk.jpg
    Picture 4
    Army Service Record​
    I wonder if any members would be kind enough to help me understand this better, either on the forum or via private message. I can remember he mentioned serving in North Africa, Italy and ending his service in Austria but would love to know more. I am planning a visit to the REME museum in the spring but would love to know more before I go
     
  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    You've attached a copy of an Army form B102 central registry Index Card, maintained in the UK, on which “shorthand” details are recorded of some (usually not all) detail recorded on a soldiers B103 forms.

    Past experience on the forum informs members that it is always better to have sight of the soldiers B103 forms. Do you have them?

    Steve
     
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  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    To start off:

    TOS = taken on strength (i.e. joined/rejoined unit)
    SOS = struck off strength (i.e. left unit)
    X list, see X lists (Service Records)
    LIAP see The meaning of "FAP" and "Leave LIAP"?
    CMF = Central Mediterranean Force


    Can’t find your father on the casualty lists (wounded, missing, POW, KIA) although I know from my father’s records that doesn’t necessarily mean to say that he didn’t end up in hospital at any time.
     
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  8. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    I can't remember him ever telling me that he was ever injured, he always told me he spent time on Tank Recovery driving Scammells & Matadors and in Workshops and felt very fortunate that he was normally a little away from the fighting. In the later stages I believe he was at HQ near Graz
     
  9. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Yeh Steve I have B102, B103, B200, B200d, B2672 and Notification of Impending release
     
  10. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    If you attach copies of the B103 pages I’m sure members will be able to give you full chapter and verse on your father’s movements.

    Steve
     
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  11. Bluebell Minor

    Bluebell Minor Junior Member

    First photo was probably taken in North Africa (Egypt) with the officers clutching pith helmets/bombay bowlers

    On AFB102 first two units are
    763 Lines of Communication Troops Workshop
    Headquarters British Troops Workshop

    Further down are mentioned
    97 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment Workshop
    683 Infantry Troops Workshop
     
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  12. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Some wonderful photographs, thanks for posting them up here.
     
  13. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Service & Casualty Form 2  (Army Form B103-2).jpg
    Service Record Ref 1

     
  14. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

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    Service Record Ref 2​
     
  15. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

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    Service Record Ref 3​
     
  16. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Pleased you like them, I reckon their must be loads of photographs taken at exactly the same spots. I just wish someone will recognize the locations and let me know
     
  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Gray 8th

    Good morning !

    just a thought..................

    Hewitt is not a very common name and it set me thinking that when I first joined the 4th QOH the driver on my Stuart Honey tan also had the same surname and was promptly nick-named "Hewie".

    He is pictured and named in the back row.

    Any relation ?

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  18. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Gray 8th

    It seems that my apologies are due when I wrote "Hewitt is not a very common name"
    Since writing the above I have been investigating online and see that not only is it well known but that it is a very honourable name, as this link will show:
    Search Results

    Ron
     
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  19. Gray 8th

    Gray 8th Member

    Hi Ron
    Nice picture and the fact that you have the names on the back is amazing. I think I worked it out right that the chap "Hewitt is 5 to the right of you, with a slightly light uniform. I know of no relation that matches and one of my many other interests is Family History so I have most Hewitt's listed.......
    Graham
     
  20. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    I noticed that there is a mention at the top of the B103-2 above of "Arnold".

    Arnold is located North of Nottingham and was a RAOC Mobilisation Center as my Dad was there in 1941.

    As some of the RAOC became REME units in 1942 it could be the same place under a new name.

    Gus
     

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