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    Default Terminology on marriage certificate

    On obtaining a copy of my late fathers marriage certificate (Glasgow 1943) it shows his profession correctly as Flight Sergeant Royal Air Force but his witness who I assumed was a friend in the same Flight (1680) is listed as Frank R Wallace with his profession as "Now engaged in War Service". Has anyone an idea if this means anything or was it just the idea of the registrar?

    Thanks for any help, Fred

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    Default Re: Terminology on marriage certificate

    I think, Fred, that the term would have applied to many civilians during WW2 (and WW1 actually) who had not been conscripted into military service, but were none the less doing vital work for the war effort, see for example https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-w...cond-world-war or https://www.parliament.uk/about/livi...nscriptionww2/. 'Your' term is not specifically quoted but I'm sure it fits the descriptions given.

    See also for WW1 https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30077019

    Brian

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    Default Re: Terminology on marriage certificate

    Thanks Brian, I will look into those ideas but I don't feel civilian as I have a photograph of the wedding and Frank is wearing an RAF uniform but I cannot identify the brevit he has plus above sergeant stripes on his left arm is another badge but again the photo is not clear enough to identify.

    Fred

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