Help reading naval record please

martin saul

Midshipman
Hi I'm trying to research Leslie Alexander yeo born 1913 for his son who is 82, he has been led to believe that his father was on the HMS Pandora and when the Pandora was in South Africa he left the boat to receive medical treatment and he failed to return to the boat which sailed without him, and then the Pandora was destroyed a few weeks later, he is said to have spent the rest of his life in South Africa. The Pandora was bombed while in Malta on the 1st of April 1942, I've looked at the moments of the Pandora and I can't see it ever went to South Africa. His service record is attached if you are able to shed any light on it please, as I am struggling to read some of the writing and the abbreviations, I can see that he did 42 days training but from the bits in the top right I think he left but unsure why thanks Martin
 

Waspie

War Hero
There a few folk on here with good knowledge of getting information out of the 'system'. I don't know if they are regular users, so please be patient in your wait for a response to your query.
 

martin saul

Midshipman
Thank you I don't think the attachment loaded on this message it may have been too large so I've reposted it with a smaller file size so hopefully its still readable, I'll try to re attach the larger file to this
 

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Dusty70

War Hero
It would appear from the above he was not abroad - says he was transferred to the the RNR in Dec 33 from Victory Barracks (Portsmouth) (although he does appear to have been drafted to HMS Iron Duke in Nov 33) just before discharge from RNR from Chatham Barracks

weirdly in October he appeared to be a Seaman - then on discharge a Stoker !!
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I'm wondering if you have his whole record, this one looks as though he joined the RNR as a Seaman and then about a month later transferred to the Regular RN as a Stoker. This record finished on that day. If I am right there should be a separate record sheet from his RN time.
 

Salty-Dog

War Hero
Unable to find anything about Pandora being in South Africa, but have found a record of her patrols here:-
 

soleil

War Hero
I think that this may be one of a group of records which includes both openly accessible pages and pages which are only available on application to the MoD. It's to do with the dates.

The period of Leslie's Second World War service would fit into the start of the period for which records are still withheld.
 

martin saul

Midshipman
Hi all thank you so much for looking at this for me, you have manage to read and understand so much, the bit about stoker I assume that's in the boiler house / engine room? top right where it says transferred (something ?) RN as stoker I think it says 2nd class on CKX 83625 on 6.12.33 removed from RaR strength as from 5th December 1933 what's the meaning of CKX 83625 ? is it a train place again ? was 42 days training a normal length ? then the bit bellow remarks I cant make much sense out of it ? so maybe worth applying to see if there is more information then ? I've manage to several versions of my post on this site I was having problems one of the only has the first page the other has the both pages I have and are probably better quality thanks again martin ps if I can find any other records I will add to this
 

Dusty70

War Hero
CKX 83625 was his unique service number (for RNR I think) - you will need that if applying for more papers

His original service number appears to be AX 17063 and he appears to have been a seaman gunner under training on the Iron Duke -

Iron Duke remained on active duty for only a few more years; in 1930, the London Naval Treaty specified that the four Iron Duke-class battleships be scrapped or otherwise demilitarised. Iron Duke was therefore converted into a gunnery training ship; her armour and much of her armament was removed to render her unfit for combat. She served in this capacity until the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939
 

soleil

War Hero
Hi I'm trying to research Leslie Alexander yeo born 1913 for his son who is 82, he has been led to believe that his father was on the HMS Pandora and when the Pandora was in South Africa he left the boat to receive medical treatment and he failed to return to the boat which sailed without him, and then the Pandora was destroyed a few weeks later, he is said to have spent the rest of his life in South Africa. The Pandora was bombed while in Malta on the 1st of April 1942, I've looked at the moments of the Pandora and I can't see it ever went to South Africa. His service record is attached if you are able to shed any light on it please, as I am struggling to read some of the writing and the abbreviations, I can see that he did 42 days training but from the bits in the top right I think he left but unsure why thanks Martin

Martin

I was just re-reading your original post and was wondering about the wider story.

Does this mean that Leslie's son didn't see his father again after the age of 4?
 

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