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    Could someone please tell me what a T/Sgt is? I am researching an RAF rear gunner who was promoted from Leading Aircraftman to T/Sgt in 1943. Obviously I have found plenty of references to Flight Sergeants and although I have found other T/Sgts, nowhere can I find what the 'T' stands for. Many thanks.

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    T/ normally meant "Temporary". So your guy was a Substantive Cpl/LAC (or whatever). He then passed his aircrew test (Pilot, Observer/Nav, Gunner, WoP, Flt Eng, etc) and was promoted to Temporary Sgt - this would be confirmed provided he was found to be able to do whatever his specialism was in the proper fashion!
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    Simply " Temporary"

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    Ah, thanks. He was referred to as Sergeant when killed in action eight months later, but there is no notation on his record of having moved from Temporary status.

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    Thanks Peter.

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    Temporary referred to the fact he was holding a substantive post on a wartime Temporary Establishment. It did not mean he was a substantive Cpl/LAC, this would have been shown as Acting rather than Temporary.

    He would just be referred to as Sergeant in general terms but his records would state Temporary Sergeant.

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    Malcolm is quite right, and to state it even more plainly, pretty well ALL promotions and appointments of officers as well as "other ranks" in Allied (and probably enemy) armed forces during the WW2 period were officially of a temporary nature only, and would have no standing once the period of hostilities was over. Even peace time (Regular or reserve) members would have come under wartime regulations for most purposes such as promotions, and all bets were off once a decent interval had passed following the cessation of hostilities so that a return to "normal" peace time conditions could be organised. Generally the "Temporary" prefix for "hostilities only" ranks and appointments was omitted in most references to an individual , but in some formal references it might be included, such as on a record of service form.
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