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Meaning of RFR/PO/B/2710


Jayenn
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I pulled down some information, from the CWGC's website, on a man who served on board HMS Viknor and who died when this was sunk, in 1915.

Part of that info was the following:

Unit Text: (RFR/PO/B/2710). H.M.S. "Viknor."

Could someone please tell me what this means? I believe that RFR stands for the Royal Fleet Reserve (does this refer to the man ofr the ship?) but have no idea what the others mean.

I'd be grateful for any help, please

Jayenn

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Jayenn,

RFR

Royal Fleet Reserve

PO

His base port was Portsmouth

B

2nd term of engagement

2710

His number in the Service Register.

Regards Charles

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Correction to above. Class 'B' RFR indicates a man who had previous RN service but was not in receipt of a pension (e.g. discharged having completed a 12 year engagement). Class 'A' men were pensioners who joined the RFR.

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Thanks to you both for the information. That's exctly what I was looking for!

Jayenn

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RFR Class "B" was for any ex-servicemen, having served any term of regular service up to 21 years (sometimes as little as 2 or 3 years).

RFR Class "A" was for those who had served 21 years regular service & were in receipt of pension.

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Whilst this was his RFR service number, the details of his service will be recorded under his original service number. If he was in the Royal Navy, his service register is online.

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  • 3 months later...

I hope, both of you, Per Ardua and John Morcombe get this late reply of mine.

I'm sorry but I've only just got back to looking at this question of mine after thinking all replies had been made and delvimg into other extremely grey areas.

I missed these last two posts and my thanks to you and I apologise - it wasn't deliberate, I assue you!

I've made notes of what you've said, so thanks again.

Jayenn

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