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Hi there,

Here's one for you.

I was shown an address book from WWI. One of the listings was as follows:

Private 43657 A M Howlett

D Coy

L M A A C

Hotel Metropole

Folkestone

Any ideas on this unit?

Steve

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Steve

Is the inscription in cursive handwriting? The most likely is QMAAC, Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, the forerunners of the WRAC.

Ron

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I agree with Mark, I am sure there were some anti aircraft units on the south coast during part of WW1, I have a reference somewhere which I am sure I will find in due course.

P.B.

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I now understand that Anti Aircraft Corps were part of the RNVR until 1916 when they became part of the RNAS.It seems unlikley therefore that a private would have bneen a member of one of these corps but I may be wrong.

P.B.

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Hello Mark/PB

I think Anti-Aircraft is a red herring. The Army part of the home-defence AA force was manned by numbered companies of the RGA and RE, and as we already know that this man was in "D Coy" the C after AA cannot stand for company, and there was no "AA Corps".

In France and other theatres, the AA units were numbered sections, usually grouped in Batteries designated by a single letter, but still RGA.

Ron

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Hi Ron,

You might have something there regarding the QMAAC because, as far as I can see, this person has no MIC.

Steve

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The headquarters of the QMAAC was the Hotel Metropole Hostel, Folkestone.

Tom

Thanks for clearing that up Tom.

Steve

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