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Tonym



Joined: 07 Oct 2007
Posts: 91
Location: East Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Service Problem Reply with quote

I have a dilemma as you will see from the following CWGC Commemoration:-

Name: MacDONALD-MURRAY, ADELAIDE FOREMAN
Initials: A F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Voluntary Aid Detachment
Secondary Regiment: British Red Cross Society
Age: 33
Date of Death: 24/09/1947
Service No: W/683083
Additional information: Daughter of William Stark Thomson and Madalene Thomson, of St. Andrews; wife of Maj. Robin MacDonald-Murray, Royal Horse Artillery, of St. Andrews.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. G. Grave 274.
Cemetery: ST. ANDREWS WESTERN CEMETERY

My dilemma is 'Where do I record her?'

She has the rank of Private with an ATS Regimental number and her regiment is quoted as Voluntary Aid Detachment - British Red Cross Society.
I have queried this with CWGC and BRCS Archives; neither could offer a logical reason.
I note that the cemetery has not yet been surveyed but if anybody is in the area I would be very interested to learn what crest the headstone bears, assuming that it is a CWGC headstone.

Be grateful for any assistance

Tony
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Adam Brown



Joined: 21 Sep 2007
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Location: Edinburgh

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony

CWGC have her as VAD-BRCS for primary & secondary unit, not ATS. They are usually pretty accurate for units so I'd say record her as VAD.

Adam
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Tonym



Joined: 07 Oct 2007
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Location: East Sussex

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam

I go along with what you say but I am still intrigued as to how she inherits the rank of Private with an ATS Regimental Number.

I have a strong feeling that there is probably more to her war service and cause of death than is apparent by her CWGC Cert. Will have to do some digging.

Regards

Tony
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spoons



Joined: 02 Oct 2007
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Location: St John's Town of Dalry

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once came across a guy (in the 1970s) who was a Sgt and an officer at the same time! Sgt in the TA and an office in the CCF. I am sure that's not supposed to happen but it did.

\Paul
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