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Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby kiwilong » Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:31 am

Hello all.
My wife's brother was apparently in the Merchant Navy during the last war, or so we thought, but we have come across a record in the NA of Australia which note that his Navy Service No was P/MX 85324. This record appears to be about entering Australia in January 1946 and we can be fairly certain he was in the British Navy or Merchant Navy, not Australian.
Can anybody enlighten us regarding this number and is there some way of verifying which service he was in and his rank and perhaps service record.
Thanks.
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Re: Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby brunes08 » Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:51 pm

Try the National Archives for the UK - not sure where you are. I was able to find some of the records for my late father-law - he served in the Royal Navy in the 2WW.
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Re: Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby kiwilong » Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:08 pm

Thanks brunes, i did have a go with TNA on the internet, without success, but will have another go. I don't seem to find the TNA site very user friendly but here goes. I'm in NZ.
Cheers.
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Re: Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby Sylcec » Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:44 am

The (English) National Archives has some useful guides to researching men in the Merchant Navy:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/merchantseamanafter1917.htm
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Re: Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby mike4182w » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:40 pm

When I was researching my Great Uncles Navy records, I did discover that the Prefix letters you mention denote certain attachments and pay scales.

If I remember rightly, the 'P' denotes the sailors Port Division (Welfare Authority). Basically who they would have trained/joined through, in your case P for Portsmouth.

The MX means that sailor joined after 1925 and was receiving the lower pay scale. It also hints as to their chosen trade (like KX for a Stoker). MX means All Others, so not so helpful sorry.

See godfreydykes.info. That is where I found the information. Very useful for Navy service number information.

Good luck

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Re: Augustine John Davy 1922-1977.

Postby kiwilong » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:28 pm

Hello Sylcec and mike4182w.
Thanks for your posts, much appreciated and i will see what eventuates.
Regards.
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