Service Record for my Grandad

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Hello all

I wonder if any of you could help me with my Grandad’s Naval service record.

His service number was JX388818.

He joined on 11th December 1942 and went to HMS Collingwood, which was a training camp I believe. He was an ordinary telegrapher – Can anyone tell me exactly what this role entailed? I know it’s to do with communications but I would like more detail if possible.

In the remarks section it says;


NGSM ‘Minesweeping 45/51’

DNQ 22/4/94- WWII M/S Service

What do these mean?

The service list is as follows and his rank for all of them was Ordinary Telegrapher.

11th Dec 1942-1st May 1943: HMS Collingwood (Royal Navy)

2nd May 1943-16th September 1943: HMS Scotia

17th September 1943 – 3rd November 1943: HMS Drake

4th Nov 1943-19th Nov 1943: HMS Elfreda

20th Nov 1943 – 5th Dec 1943: Duty: Miami

6th– 9th Dec 1943: HMS Elfeda

10th-22nd Dec 1943: Duty: Seattle

23rd Dec 1943 – 20th Jan 1944: HMS Elfreda

21st – 22nd Jan 1944: Duty: Seattle

23rd Jan 1944 – 4th May 1945: HMS Elfreda

5thMay 1945 – 22nd May 1946: HMS Drake

I know HMS Drake was in Plymouth and HMS Scotia was in Scotland…….both training camps??

Does anyone know anything about what the ships he was on did in the war? Or what he might have done in Miami and Seattle?

I also have a document relating to his payment/prize…..

In it there are ticks in boxes titled “1939-45”, “Atlantic”, “Pacific”, “F. and C.” and “War Medal”.

It also says “Service for 1939-45 Star”

If anyone could give me any information on any of this I would be very grateful. Also, if anyone can point me in the right direction to do some more research that would be lovely too.

Many thanks in advance. :)

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