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SASD? RA Signals unit?


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This is a photo of gunners with Signalling lamps and flags. But waht is the unit title? The chalk board says No 1 Sect, B Coy SASD.

All the badges are RA but this is not a usual RA unit. Any ideas?

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I think that the South African Siege Depot suggestion may be spurious as the photo is of a family member from Somerset and they have no South African link at all.

These do appear to be very British gunners.

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A possibility is that these are Royal Garrison Artillery men as they had Siege Coys rather than the RFA's Btys.

Could the SA be Siege Artillery? SD = Southern Division?

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Judging by the amount of Semaphore Flags, signalling lamps and the crossed flags on the uniform cuff of one of the gunners then Signals is certainly more likely than supply.

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Hello all

Siege Artillery Signal Detachment, I should think.

Signallers with RA were mainly RA personnel, although later in the war the RE Div Sig Companies had a section to work with the artillery.

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I have only ever seen this as Siege Artillery Signalling Depot. Northern Command was at Catterick. One at Fort Wallington, Fareham. Another at Southampton. One day I will have to make a list.

Kevin

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Another aspect of the sign confirms it as RGA, the reference is to B Coy. As only the RGA had Companies within the RA set up it further confirms the RGA conection.

Kevrow

Thaanks for answering my question about provenance before I even had time to post it! Yet another abbreviation for the second edition of the book.

Much appreciated.

Phil

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