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Dumb question No 1627


Bardess

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How did letters/parcels get to those serving under an alias? Would their families have known? I mean, I can understand non-English sounding surnames being changed but, say, Burgess serving as Smith?

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I suspect that the answer may lie with the reason for the use of the alias.

If the man was using an alias for some nefarious reason (like getting away from the Police) then it could be that he informed the family, and so they wrote to his alias. However, if he had used a nom-de-guerre to run away from home, unless he told home, then they would have no way of knowing under what name he was serving.

I'm sure experts will be along soon to give us the definitive answer.

Bruce

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I think you answer just about fits the bill Bruce, especially if they had done a runner from home - wouldn't have wanted anything from that direction at all.

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I've just realised that any medals/awards, such as the DCM, would be under the alias and, therefore, may be difficult to find for folk who don't frequent this forum

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