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What is a DCM ? ,( no not the medal or court martial )

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DorsetDan

Dear Forum ,

 

I have a field message here , sent by a officer in the 38th Div signal company to a NCO linesman , ordering a line to be laid following up after an attack . The message mentions a DCM as a start point ( which i think must be a position ).

As a guess i've come up with Division Command/communication M??????.           Any more ideas !

FYI - the attack was carried out by 113th Bde on 22/23rd August 1918 , north of Albert , and the line was laid .       Cheers  Martin.

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seaJane

Divisional Company Mess?

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caulkheader

I thought it was the sack,  ‘dont come monday’.

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DorsetDan
5 hours ago, seaJane said:

Divisional Company Mess?

Thanks seaJane  , could be !

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seaJane

I'm not happy about Mess but it was the only noun I could think of - "which" and "at" didn't suggest a person.

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DorsetDan
2 hours ago, caulkheader said:

I thought it was the sack,  ‘dont come monday’.

He would have got the sack , if he didn't get that line across:D 

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DorsetDan
8 minutes ago, seaJane said:

I'm not happy about Mess but it was the only noun I could think of - "which" and "at" didn't suggest a person.

Yes , I agree , I don't think its a person , I still think its some sort of position .

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michaeldr

As you seem to be in the general area Dan

then it may be worth calling in on the Royal Signals Museum to see if they can help here 

https://www.royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk/

 

 

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DorsetDan
6 hours ago, michaeldr said:

As you seem to be in the general area Dan

then it may be worth calling in on the Royal Signals Museum to see if they can help here 

https://www.royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk/

 

 

Cheers michaeldr , good shout , why didn't i think of that ? , just down the road from me . :thumbsup:

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MaxD

Divisional Communications Main would be my stab.  It is a place capable of acting as something (report centre here). There is no article in front of the two mentions so "go to Div Comms Main" , leave stuff at Div Comms main" would be the way it would be spoken/written.  Whatever, I'd agree that asking the R Sigs would be the way to go.  Do let us know!

 

Max

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DorsetDan
16 minutes ago, MaxD said:

Divisional Communications Main would be my stab.  It is a place capable of acting as something (report centre here). There is no article in front of the two mentions so "go to Div Comms Main" , leave stuff at Div Comms main" would be the way it would be spoken/written.  Whatever, I'd agree that asking the R Sigs would be the way to go.  Do let us know!

 

Max

Many thanks Max , what you say makes sense , will try the Siggs and let everybody know . Cheers

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DorsetDan
19 minutes ago, jonbem said:

Yes jonbem , looks like the way to go . Many thanks 

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Uncle George

Commissary - “ a store for provisions”

 

DCM - Divisional commissary?

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DorsetDan
18 hours ago, Uncle George said:

Commissary - “ a store for provisions”

 

DCM - Divisional commissary?

Many thanks Uncle .

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DorsetDan

Dear Forum Folk  - a quick DCM update 

 

Have been in contact with the research dept. at the sigs museum Blanford , they are as puzzled as we are to the meaning of DCM on the message , they had not come across it before and have kindly looked through some of their archives for me but found nothing ! They are now also on the "please let us know if you find out" list .

 

Looks like a tricky one but the search goes on.     DD

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Ron Clifton

I would go along with "Divisional Communications Main" or something very similar. The British Army during the Great war did not generally use the word "commissary" for a function or a location, although some AOD officers were called "commissaries of ordnance".

 

Ron

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DorsetDan
17 hours ago, Ron Clifton said:

I would go along with "Divisional Communications Main" or something very similar. The British Army during the Great war did not generally use the word "commissary" for a function or a location, although some AOD officers were called "commissaries of ordnance".

 

Ron

 

Thanks Ron , i agree , it must be something along those lines ( no pun intended ) .  DD

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asanewt

With sincere apology for any offence but Id' like to share a trivial coincidence. One of my frailties but never intended to be frivolent.

Today I attended an exhibition of local archives intent on trying to add pieces to a family teaser. 

This involves the attached pages from the family bible. 

Two coincidences i) DCM entry on second page a mystery to me

                             ii) The first born Thomas Edward Williams, 19401, 14th RWF,  DoW Feb. 20 1917 is Signaller 113th Bde. 38th ( Welsh) Division 

 

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DorsetDan

No worries asanewt , thanks for taking the time to share your information .

 

1) i'am also not sure what the meaning of the DCM on page 2 is , chances are it may not be military at all !

2) Thomas would have been a battalion signaller with 14th RWF ,he may have known the RE signallers ( at the Div Signal Coy ) that i'am looking at ,as he would have received training with them .

 

Thanks again and good luck with your family research .    DD

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