ID Number – 1443

Image No – img1757

Subject – Letter to L/Sgt Ken Sturmey’s Father

Date – 1945

Donor – AllenSandra

Street – Outside Rodbourne

Location – Unknown Photographic Studio

Additional Information – You will notice that Ken’s rank at this time was Lance Sergeant. The grades of lance-sergeant and lance-corporal were not strictly ranks, but were appointments, held by selected corporals and privates, and usually carrying extra pay. The appointment was made by the man’s commanding officer and could be taken away by him for disciplinary reasons, unlike full sergeants and corporals who could only be demoted by order of a court martial. The appointment of lance-sergeant was discontinued in 1946