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Rank of 2nd Corporal


chris.wight

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I've seen this rank used in connection with Engineer Units. Was it used only by the Royal Engineers and was it equivalent to a Lance-Corporal?

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Chris

The rank was principally used by the RE, but I have sen it used in the ASC, mainly pre-war. 2nd Cpl was a separate rank, fitting in between L/Cpl and Cpl. The badge of rank however was the same as that of a L/Cpl.

Terry Reeves

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Thank-you Terry and David for your replies.

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Guest davewith

Chris, My grandfathers rank, as shown on his certificate of service for 1913 to 1919, is 'acting ll corporal'. He served throughout the war with 1st. and 3rd Field Squadrons R.E. A picture of him sometime before his discharge shows him with one stripe which we associate with the rank of lance corporal. Until we saw the rank as noted on the certificate we always considered him as a lance corporal. Hope this is of some use.

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Thanks Dave for your reply and welcome to the Forum. :)

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