I'm not sure what it was like in WW2, but navy ranks/classifications are a bit different to Air and Army, in that they include their trade.
In the air force you are an LAC, or a CPL, but in the Navy you are a LWTR for example (Leading Writer) or perhaps a AET (Able Electronics Technician). It would be a bit like the air force having LACS&S as a seperate classification to a LACAV or somesuch.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 28, 2012 18:07:56 GMT 12
So does the designation AB or as Colin said Able Bodied mean that the press who wrote this particular list of men's names with AB as the prefix were not told the trade suffixes to save confusion? It was a list of men returning from overseas in a troopship.
Sounds like he was a Able seaman of the seaman branch eg gunnery sonar radar etc. Engine room and technical trades differed slightly where a Able seaman was equivalent to Stoker 1st class which is a prop with one star ,and stoker 2nd class just a prop was equivalent to Ordinary seaman. Some old stoker badges
Post by ngatimozart on Jun 28, 2012 21:31:15 GMT 12
If you want I have the Admiralty Book of Seamanship Vol 1 (1964) which has all the equivalent rates and ranks across the three services in it. I can scan the appropriate pages and post them here. When I was in I was an Able Seaman with the anacroymn ASEA because in the RNZNVR seaman didn't specialise. Today they are CSS Combat Specialist Seaman which I presume covers a multitude of sins. During WW2 I would have been a Seaman Gunner and that was always was seen as the senior branch of the Navy - albeit a one eyed opinion
Not so. Gunnery at sea has always been a dark art, necessitating special training [at Whale Island?] from whence all gunnery officers came in the days when then the gun was important because it was the only means of attack and defence. Even in the Falklands Naval Gunnery Officers went ashore to more accurately direct fire from ships.