Costar Herbert Corporal 4454611

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Name Costar Herbert
Army number 4454611
Rank Corporal.
Decorations None yet known beyond service medals.
Date of birth Born 5/10/1915 at Ferryhill. Birth registered Q4 1915 Sedgefield.
Age 80 at the time of his death in 1966.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry (TA) - date not yet known. Posted to ? 6th Battalion DLI. Posted to 10th Battalion DLI - probably on 1/9/1939. Served B.E.F.? Served Iceland ? Posted to 4 Command Workshop. Posted to Northern Command Static Workshop 17/11/1943. Transferred to Royal Electrical amd Mechanical Engineers 18/11/1943. Documents to Leicester 31/12/1943. Does not appear to have served in Normandy. Posted to the Mobilisation Centre 29/10/1944 for Draft RDKFF. Draft RDKFF embarked for East Africa 6/11/1944. Discharged from Home Forces 20/11/1944. Disembarked East Africa XIV EAEME 21/12/1944. Embarked East Africa and Struck off Strength East Africa Command 15/10/1945. Disembarked UK Y List E 9/11/1945. Posted to ? Relegated to the Z CLass Reserve 4/2/1946.
Company/Battery Not yet known in full, though some postings are set out above..
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Not yet known, but probably a vehicle fitter.
Joined Brigade Not yet known accurately but probably 1/9/1939.
Promotions No details yet.
Wounded Not as far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not as far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died 20/9/1996 and was cremated at Durham Crematorium.
Home address Father - Frank Costar, mother - Ada Foster. Married Elizabeth Bradley in April 1938 in Durham.
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Thanks are due to the Corps Archivist and the team at the REME Museum and Archives for making Cpl Costar's Index Card contents available. Their records begin with his transfer to REME. It appears that this transfer took place from the DLI, and that he was not on the strength of the RAOC at the time. That can only be clarified by accessing his Service Record, held by MoD Historical Disclosures Section.