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Hi everyone I'm new today and wish someone can answer my question! Why would the army condone the use of a new soldier using an alias name ? Why would there be a need for anyone to use an alias?? It is very clear on this person enlistment paperwork that he signs one name and then writes "alias" and then another name . Please can anyone enlighten me?
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My grandfather joined up in WW1 on three different occasions using 3 aliases but he was out to beat the system and deny his wife and children support and hide the fact he was dishounarably discharged from the army in 1908.
Your soldier doesn't appear to be trying to cheat or hide a criminal past if it was he who declared he is also known by another name. Are you sure the alias and name are in the same handwriting? They may have been added at a later date by someone in authority after it was discovered he used an alias? Have you searched under the alias for army records?
Hi Jane that makes sense but sooo annoying, as we have a generation of 60/70 year olds with a false surname! Although still can't find a definitive reason he used it. Many thanks rosalie
Also during WWI anyone with anything near a vaguely 'germanic' sounding name were prone to changing them for obvious reasons!
There was one record I was looking into last week for a Danish RAF pilot murdered during the great escape from Stalag Luft III that served under a different name to protect his family who were still living under the Nazi occupation.
It does make it difficult however!
Thanks timbo for your input and yes even I wouldn't blame them in those circumstances!
Don't forget people used varying names in civilian times, like a stepfather's surname as well as mother's previous name. pwholt
Hello & many thanks for these possibilities, not locating my greatt gramps, but family tale has it that my ancestor had motor driving skills from family haulier business, but signed up underage & was a motorcycle dispatch rider, so will widen name search.