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Errol Martyn

Spinola - unit description query

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Errol Martyn

The final posting recorded on the AIR79 of 219187 Air Mechanic 1st Class William Gustave CATON, as copied below, appears to read SpinolaAP? (last letter unclear). There is a Spinola Bay at Malta but what does the AP? indicate. The Sturtivant bible has failed me on this occasion!

Errol

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Jon_B

Errol,

 

APD = Army Pay Department

 

Jon

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Errol Martyn

Thanks Jon, but if correct it does seem an odd posting for an RAF man.

Can we confirm that there actually was an Army Pay Department at Spinola? Also, I would have thought Depot more likely than a Department?

Cheers,

Errol

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Jon_B

Errol,

 

The CWGC has two RAF men buried in Malta who were based at Spinola APD in 1918:

 

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/114968/butcher,-leslie-arthur-george/

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/115481/kyle,-thomas-james/

 

There was a military hospital and an RAF training camp at Spinola in 1918. 

 

APD was the acronym for the Army Pay Department (not Depot) during WW1. I don't know if the APD administered pay for all forces in the Malta Garrison, but to find men posted inter-service to utilise their skills is no surprise.

 

 

Jon

 

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Errol Martyn

Thanks Jon,

Just takes a bit of getting one's head around what looks to a rather odd posting - for an RAF Fitter (AE) who spent most of his war on board the seaplane carrier Manxman. The fact that he had been a one-time bankrupt would hardly be endear him to an 'Pay Department' posting, one would have thought!

Cheers,

Errol

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Jon_B

Well based on the limited information in the OP my interpretation was reasonable, but I agree that it doesn't match a fitter. I don't know any other meaning for APD, maybe someone else can shed more light.

 

Jon

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