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Checking on a potential 'Mitty'

Old 9th Sep 2016, 16:26
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langleybaston,

Thanks ! (isn't PPRuNe wonderful, there's always someone who knows the answer !)

Danny.

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Old 9th Sep 2016, 17:03
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Hence "Doolallytap!", a form of insanity allegedly brought on by being held at Deolali waiting for a ship to Blighty.
Every day's a school day! Thanks LangleyB, that's cleared up a question I've had in mind for a long time. We know two Sallys who live locally.

To differentiate between them, we call one "Pally Sally" and the other one "Doolally Sally". We don't use their surnames because they're both divorced but "otherwise occupied". I always wondered about the origins of the name of the latter species.
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Old 9th Sep 2016, 19:06
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Danny, in his case, he had joined the Territorial Force in 1911 for 4 years and on request agreed to go to France. This was for a period of one year. He then declined to extend his Service. However if, as LB says, there was the possibility of conscription, this may have influenced his transfer to the Navy.

Distressing even further, on my daughter's husband's maternal side, one relative was discharged, services no longer required, in Nov 14 and played no further part in hostilities.

Another was discharged to HMP Wandsworth although one did serve in the RN but was killed in 1918.

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Old 9th Sep 2016, 19:29
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My school science teacher, Mr Davis, would often, without any apparent reason, fly into a rage and just as quickly return to science. Of course we kids saw it as a laugh to wind him up. I mentioned to my mother a joke we had played and she was really, really cross. It turned out that my father knew Mr Davis and she explained to me that he had fought through Germany and was present at the liberation of Belsen and witnessed the terrible scenes there. No wonder, she said, that he sometimes looses himself. My mother then said something that has stayed with me: never, ever mock anyone who behaves in a strange manner, you don't know what they have been through. I think of this when I see those elderly men that gather on a cold November day to march and honour those that didn't come home. That's why I hold in such contempt those who falsely present themselves as military heroes; Walter Mitty seems too mild a term for them.
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Old 10th Sep 2016, 16:50
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Originally Posted by Slow Biker View Post
My school science teacher, Mr Davis, would often, without any apparent reason, fly into a rage and just as quickly return to science. Of course we kids saw it as a laugh to wind him up. I mentioned to my mother a joke we had played and she was really, really cross. It turned out that my father knew Mr Davis and she explained to me that he had fought through Germany and was present at the liberation of Belsen and witnessed the terrible scenes there. No wonder, she said, that he sometimes looses himself. My mother then said something that has stayed with me: never, ever mock anyone who behaves in a strange manner, you don't know what they have been through. I think of this when I see those elderly men that gather on a cold November day to march and honour those that didn't come home. That's why I hold in such contempt those who falsely present themselves as military heroes; Walter Mitty seems too mild a term for them.

Very well put, sir!
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Old 10th Sep 2016, 20:04
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On a cold, wet, wind swept hill in France, overlooking the last resting place of their ships, a number of old sailors stood in their grey flannels, blazers and black and green berets whilst a French bugler sounded the Last Post.

This was an intensely personal remembrance ceremony.

It was humbling to observe.
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Old 11th Sep 2016, 12:22
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PN - where was that, which ships?
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Old 11th Sep 2016, 20:48
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service numbers

I may be able to shed some light on the final letter quoted by some.

There were many errors in transcribing service numbers with accompanying turmoil in the paperwork. At some time in the sixties a letter was added after the row of numbers. This letter was the result of a check sum of the preceding numbers. I cannot remember the exact process at this distance but it went something like; add all the preceding numbers together and count through the alphabet using the sum as a stopping point. If the final letter did not agree with the location of the checksum then the service number was corrupt and should be checked again.

Further to the discussion about walts, I too have some concerns about a resident near me who claims an army rank of Warrant Officer. His behaviour does not fit the rank he claims and nor does his writing style which is basically v ignorant of punctuation spelling and logic

Without a service number how does one discretely check? I would hate to wrongly accuse him of spurious claims, after all he may be right but there are many brave men who should not be sullied by imposters. Is it a criminal offence to impersonate a warrant officer?
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Old 11th Sep 2016, 20:52
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Charybdis and Limbourne, 23 Oct 1943, HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne - Guernsey Royal Court
and HMS CHARYBDIS, this later shows the position. The memorial is on the headland.
The action report is here: HMS Charybdis, AA Cruiser, Loss and Commemoration
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Old 11th Sep 2016, 23:36
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PN - thanks


Tinribs - that's how I understand it too, except it does not work for me - 608488 should be "H", but my check digit was "F". maybe they coded it by starting other than at A
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 00:05
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P_N - I was once talking to an elderly lady in my shop. She was telling me that her father had been one of the crew of Charybdis who was lost in the action described in your link. A man who was browsing in the shop came over and after excusing himself for interrupting informed us he was a navy diver, and earlier that year had been one of a team of divers who had gone down to the remains of the ship and attached a white ensign to the wreck, a ceremony which apparently takes place annually, presumably on the anniversary of its loss. The lady was very moved, and the chap promised to get in touch with her and send her a photo of the wreck with its newly attached ensign.

Amazing coincidence, and a very happy one.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 05:45
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I joined the RAF as a Boy Entrant in 1959, demobbed in 1973. In the mid 1960s a letter was added to my RAF service number. Here is the algorithm that was used to calculate the letter:

Multiply the first digit by 8
second by 17
third by 4
forth by 16
fifth by 2
sixth by 13
seventh by 5

Add these up to produce answer A

Divide A by 23

Chop all the decimal places then multiply by 23. The result is answer B.

Subtract B from A to produce answer C which is a letter of the alphabet where Zero = A, 1 = B, 2 = C etc. But omit "O" and "I" to avoid confusion with "0" and "1".
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 08:37
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Thank you for that ... it's saved me a trip to our attic, a frightening prospect!!
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 08:39
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In 1973 I was allocated R8108493, the two guys alphabetically by surname, before me were P8108491 & Q8108492 and so on through the rest of the squad.
I'm a Q81 too! 19MP79.

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Old 12th Sep 2016, 09:22
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It was always my understanding that when you leave the Army or RAF, you resign your commission and therefore you are not entitled to use your rank any longer.

As the Senior Service, when a RN officer leaves the service, he retains his commission and therefore retains his rank. He doesn't even have to use (Retd) as he always holds his commission.

Correct?
Quite right MS. I also retained my flying boots with the pee-flaps!
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 10:41
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In 1973 I was allocated R8108493, the two guys alphabetically by surname, before me were P8108491 & Q8108492 and so on through the rest of the squad.
Ours in 76 were simply done by bed spaces, ie one guy would be S8125001 the next would be T8125002, my old mate from school in the next room has the next number up from me.
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:13
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Ricardian - thank God for computers


Jenkins - I kept same number in the RAF for two regular and one VR(T) commission. Different number as a TA officer in the Really Large Corps
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 11:56
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Numbers were allocated by surname order within specialisation as we entered Dartmouth, so my SL aircrew mates are all within 15 of me. The format was CNNNNNX where N is a digit and X is a checksum letter.

The Army gave me a soldier's number when I went green. I've no idea if there's a checksum - 244NNNNN dates me
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Old 12th Sep 2016, 14:48
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Army #'s mid '60's

Jan '66, got off a train in Winchester to join the Army, as I settled in the back of the bus recognised a face from college - transpired that unbeknown to each other we had opted for the same unit
We had been pre allocated service numbers at the recruiting office mine was
240**006 his was 240**008, we never met 007!!!

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Old 12th Sep 2016, 15:28
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I started demob leave in Feb 1965, so it seems that I was one of the last not to have the dreaded alpha character added to my service number.
Unless that is, one was added during my leave, and no one told me

But I went immediately into the computer business and soon knew what Check Characters were.
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