"Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Block 2)"

Discussion in 'REME/RAOC' started by hutchie, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    typed my grandfathers service number into a search engine and this come up

    "Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Block 2)"

    now i know he was in north africa before transfering to italy? can anyone shed some light on it?

    Sargeant George Ferguson Rankine serial number 10552400
  2. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    bump* hopefully someone can answer this
  3. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    What battalion of Beds & Herts was Charles Peek in?


  4. auzz77

    auzz77 Junior Member

    My grandad was with 19 Port Wksp, but can't seem to find out much about the unit...any ideas?

    Sorry not 19....2 Port Wksp
  5. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    hey auzz77

    right here goes, this is all the war diaries for them and there national archive numbers so you can go check them

    1941 - WO 169/2358
    1942 - WO 169/6170
    1943 - WO 169/12568
    1944 - WO 169/17232
    1945 - WO 169/20825

    from what i can make out he would have served in the middle east. north africa/italy maybe someone can post details more. you have any information on him? name? rank? serial number??
  6. auzz77

    auzz77 Junior Member

    Hi there,

    I've done a bit of research to date

    7590123 Craftsman Thomas Henry Bell

    Joined in 1938 and mobilised with the onset of war in RAOC which later became REME (01 Oct 1942). I know he was at dunkirk evac, and also your right in saying he was in Africa for a time, not Italy though as he hasn't got that gong!

    I have waited 10 months for his service records to arrive which has been slightly disapointing in that I knew alot of the stuff in there. What I have gained from them is what units he was at and when:

    1941-2 BOW - RAOC
    1941-"B" AOW - RAOC
    1942-4 BOW - RAOC
    1942-2 Port Wksp - REME
    1943-539 W/S Coy - REME
    1943-2 Port Wksp - REME

    I cant really make the rest out, so from this want to extent my research out to these units specifically if possible.

    I know he was in Eqypt as I have photos, I also have photos of war cemetry which he has writen some info on the back about one of his Platoon Commanders who was shot. I have confirmed this from the CWGC grave ref number and its a Lt A. Don.

    Any assisstance you can provide would be fantastic thanks.

    I'll start by looking up those references for the war diaries you quoted.


  7. auzz77

    auzz77 Junior Member

    Prob should add that he also survived the war!

  8. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

  9. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Hi hutchie - Do you think the "Block 2" is a unit name? As an alternative idea, perhaps it is related to the regimental number he was issued with.

    This is from RAOC with regimental number - British & Commonwealth Military Badge Forum :

    There were 3 old numbering systems in use prior to 1950.

    First, prior to 1920 each regiment had its own system of regimental numbers (each starting at 1). If a soldier transferred to another regiment he got a new number.

    The second system was introduced in 1920 under Army Order 388 with each regiment allocated its own block of numbers:

    Under this 2nd block of 7 & low 8 digit numbers the RAOC were allocated:

    7574001 - 7657000 and 10530001 - 10600000.

    The third system was introduced during WW2...

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