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Registration date : 2015-01-23

PostSubject: B.A.O.R 5   23/1/2015, 15:08

I am hoping someone may be able to help me with some information on my father-in-law, during his National Service time in Germany with the Royal West Kents.

I have requested his service record but it doesn't hold much information to help find where he served. The only other details I have are from a wooden suitcase that has his name, number, regiment and B.A.O.R 5 stencilled on the lid. On the inside in pencil, he has written his name and then "Weapon Storeman - HQ17 Infantry Brigade". Did everyone get these wooden suitcases?

Any information would be great or a simple nudge in the right direction to continue my search would be fine.

PS, glad I found this website, it is very interesting ready some of the stories and experiences.

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Localisation : Camberley
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
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PostSubject: Re: B.A.O.R 5   23/1/2015, 15:30

Hi GPH and welcome to the site. BAOR 5 was the British Forces Post Office for the Hannover/Hameln area, The Wooden suitcase that you refer to was probably a means for servicemen to transport and store their clothing and equipment. It was known as a Boxes Soldier (What else!!) and was issued, I believe, before the suitcase and kitbag became the norm. This link may also be of some help in your search:-

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PostSubject: Re: B.A.O.R 5   23/1/2015, 21:15

Welcome GPH

Ongoing research still in progress shows as follows:

Feb 46 – 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment arrived from Belgium command 17th Infantry Brigade of 5th Infantry Division – Pontefract and Wiltshire Barracks Braunschweig aka Brunswick – to British Troops Berlin Oct 46 returns Jan 47 – to UK Nov 47

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PostSubject: Re: B.A.O.R 5   25/1/2015, 09:36

Thank you both very much. You have given me more to work on, I remember seeing some photos a few years ago of my father-in-law in uniform, so I will have to find them and see if they give any more clues.
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PostSubject: Re: B.A.O.R 5   26/1/2015, 19:58



Steve is the resident expert on matters concerning the Hannover area in the immediate post war era and I am certain is information regarding your father's old Battalion is correct

However there is one matter which is slightly confusing

About six years ago I started to research the BAOR Post Code system introduced in late 1946/early 1947 for both private and official mail throughout BAOR. I subsequently got side tracked and never completed the project. The current results can be found off the Main Page of the Master Document (not this forum) of the original BAOR Locations website.

As Shelldrake said BAOR 5 was always Hannover/Hameln. However BAOR 11 was the post code for Braunschweig/Brunswick.

Please do forward any other information you can find, the resident sleuths on this site love the challenge of solving questions related to the history of the early years of BAOR

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