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PostPosted: 02 Feb 2020, 04:34 

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My Mother L/Swan Lorna Trow #615803 served as a SWAN on Robben Island, and her brother Lindsay B. Trow with RNUR #68209 7/1933 - 10/1945 in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Far East
I am compiling information on their history and need help deciphering acronyms per the records:
Any ideas please
If by chance anyone has any information on Lorna or Lindsay, I'd appreciate it


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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2020, 10:17 
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Dear Tim
Unfortunately I only saw you question today.

The book "Sailor-Women Sea-Women SWANS" by Margaret P.H. Laver (1982) ISBN 0 620 09853 8
is a very comprehensive history of the South African Women's Auxiliary Naval Service during World War II.
You will find it in most leading libraries and I have seen it in some second-hand bookshops.
It also contains a lengthy list of abbreviations.

A/SFD = Anti-submarine Fixed Defences
A/B = Able-bodied Seaman (naval rank equivalent to that of Lance Corporal in the Army/Airforce)


Commander Leon Steyn
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