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33rd Ausl. Pet. Coy.


alf mcm
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I have a service record for a W.A.A.C., Grace Murray, serving with this company in Le Havre area in 1919. Any idea what the abbreviations stand for, I think it may be 33rd Australian Petrol Company, but why would a W.A.A.C. be serving with Australians, and what would Australians be doing in Le Havre in 1919?

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Alf McM

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Hello Alf

I suspect it's Auxl, not Ausl, in which case it is 33rd Auxiliary (Petrol) Company ASC, aka 681 (Mechanical Transport) Coy ASC.

These companies were used mainly on the L of C or as GHQ Army Troops, to provide extra lorried transport to supplement the div supply columns etc, when large quatities of stores needed to be moved around in a short time. It looks as if it would have been involved in 1919 in bringing various types of material into Le Havre to be shipped back to the UK.

Ron

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Hello Ron,

I have re-checked tho original, and the writing is a bit unclear. However, your explanation makes perfect sense, and the writer must have intended to write 'Auxl'.

Regards,

Alf

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