Wartime Service: Roles

Cambridge District Scout Archive

This list is taken from a loose pile of record cards, probably incomplete, undated but from context 1940 +.  They are not linked to Scout Groups and are not always clearly written.  

The addresses, though changed many times on some cards, do not list service overseas later in the war. The list is not maintained and does not list later promotions.

Abbreviations are as given which may not always match Service abbreviations

  • Sgn                              RCS                                  (Royal Corps of Signals?)
  • Gnr                              RA  111 Lt AA Battery  (Royal Artillery/ Anti Aircraft) (Gunner)
  • Pte                                                                        (Private)                     
  • Pte                               8th Essex Regiment
  • A/C1                            RAF
  • Pte                               RASC                                (Royal Army Service Corp)
  • Pte                               2nd Batt Cambs Reg
  • L/C                               Suffolk Reg                      (Lance Corporal)
  • Lt                                                                            (Lieutenant.)
  • Serg                             RAF                                   (Sergeant)
  • L/C                               RE BEF              250 Field Coy
  • Pte                               Essex Reg                   
  • AB                                HMS Dragon                    (Able Seaman)
  • Gnr                              Light AA Battery
  • Pte                               BEF (20th General Hospital)    (British Expeditionary Force)
  • Pte                               RAOC                                  (Royal Army Ordnance Corp)
  • AC/2                            RAF                                      (Aircraftman lowest rank)
  • LAC      (AC/2)              W/T Sec RAF(Egypt)  (Wireless/ telegraphy)                                                         (Leading Aircraftman)
  • Sign     (Signaller)      18th DW Signals Home Forces (DW ?)   (Signaller)
  • L/Cpl    (Pte)                Sherwood Foresters AA Heavy Coy 13 Battery
  • Rev Tribe                    RAF
  • Driver                          224 Field Ambulance Coy
  • Fsl                                Royal Fusiliers                  (Fusilier)

Also address cards for

  • H Gordon                     labelled (German nr, Hanover) It is not clear if he is German or a Prisoner of War.
  • Heinz Rossinger 13805563 (ex Austrian Scout, Vienna and Cambridge Rover) No.3 PC Training Centre Ilfracombe      (Pioneer Corp – some later units of which specifically trained enemy aliens and non combatants)

This list is purely the Armed Forces, it does not contain addresses of Cambridge Scouts who had moved away for War work with other bodies, as can be identified in the Evercircular Letters. Nor does it identify those whose roles were clandestine. At least one (ex) Cambridge Scouter was part of the Home Guard, but associated with the ‘GHQ’ 202 Bn. who were trained to act in the event of a successful German invasion. One of three, 202 covered Eastern and Western Britain.

JWR Archivist Feb 2019