I'm pretty sure the dashes mean the details are as above: that is, postings appear to have been decided on an alphabetical basis and in the case of the October 1942 list, both Roger Sturges and Norman Swarbrick are posted to the Hugh Walpole on the same date.Dave S wrote: The October 42 listing shows the man above as being on the Hugh Walpole, Norm has a -- where the posting and his seniority should be
The MC is a bit of a mystery. The Australian Navy Lists clearly list MTBs in other instances so the choice of MC would appear to be intentional, and could only refer to Motor Craft possibly, but there is no known reference to MTB 344 or any of the other boats involved in clandestine operations being referred to in that way. On the other hand he is sent to St Christopher which was Coastal Forces training, so if his card gives MTB 344 as well as showing Attack and Forward, then the details given on the card must be considered correct. As to whether he actually sailed with Bourne on missions or as a relatively inexperienced officer was attached to the bases in a support role is another matter. Officers would have received some training in handling guns, and on the larger MTBs the Second Officer would have co-ordinated the gunners when in action, but it would have been left to the non-commissioned ranks to man the guns themselves.Dave S wrote: Jan and April shows him on the list as serving on the MC 344, (what would an MC be?) his hand written service card service card shows MTB 344 (joining ship on 27/10/42)
If you are able to scan the card and save it as a jpg then you can attach images to posts. If you need help then please let me know, and if you have any photographs of your Uncle relating to his time in Coastal Forces we would be pleased to receive copies of those as well.Dave S wrote: Can i post his sevice card up here somehow?
Not listed in the data Brian has provided is not necessarily the same as no connection. The main sources of information for officer postings are the UK Navy Lists, and the awards notices, and he has no award granted him, at least not for Coastal Forces. If you google Royal Navy Lists you should find a service you might use to learn what the UK lists show for Sub-Lieutenant Swarbrick. He may have been briefly attached to 344, or one of the other boats in the flotilla, or be listed under Attack or Forward, as the Navy Lists don't provide a comprehensive list for each MTB, MGB or ML by base in every volume.Dave S wrote:Well that puts a spanner in the works - not listed
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