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"struck off the establishment of the Battalion"


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Hallo all

Hope this is the right place to ask

What does struck off the establishment of the Battalion mean?

And what can cause it

Thanks and kind regards

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In order to keep the records straight, every occurence which affects a soldier was (and still is) the subject of what is known in the British army as a Part 2 Order. So when this individual arrived in the battalion from wherever he was previously, a Part 2 Order would have been published 'taking him on strength/establishment of the unit' or, more likely, he would have been swept up with a whole lot of other occurrences in the same order. He then soldiered with that battalion until the time came to move to another unit. When that happened he would be the subject of a further order which 'struck him off the strength of the unit'. When he arrived at his future unit, he was once more 'taken on strength' there. The underlying reason is to make sure, for example, that the individual is properly accounted for, that his pay, allowances and rations are correctly issued etc etc. Reasons for being struck of strength include, but are not limited to: posting; attending a course of instruction; admission to hospital; death; imprisonment - you name it. The point is that this paper trail traces an individual's entire period of service from enlistment to discharge. There should be no gaps at all.

Jack

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Thanks very much, Jack!

Couldn't have asked for a better answer

Kind regards

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This should cover every possibility.

The following extract from Second Army No:A.2528, dated May 22nd, 1917

“The following rules will be observed :-

“OFFICERS should be struck off the strength when :-

(a) Casualties in action, i.e., killed, wounded or missing (except “wounded at duty”, but if an Officer reported “wounded at duty” is afterwards admitted to hospital as the result of the wound and has been reported in the daily casualty return, he will be struck off the strength).

(B) Appointed to the Staff.

(c ) Transferred to, or filling a vacancy on the authorised establishment of another unit or formation (including those accepted on probation with R.F.C. and Hvy Branch, M.G.O.).

(d) Notified by the D.A.G. as having been evacuated sick out of the country by the medical authorities. (In the case of Machine Gun Corps Officers, they will be struck off when evacuated out of the Corps Area.).

(e) Not being Staff Officers, medically boarded or under orders for a medical board, whilst on leave in England.

Also when granted “indefinite” extension of leave on Medical Certificate by the War Office when on leave in England.

(f) Attending C.O’s. Course at Aldershot.

(g) Marked “P.B.” or “P.U” or employed on the statues of a “P.B” Officer under A.G’s. authority.

Officers granted sick leave from a Base or a stationary hospital are NOT struck off strength.

Before Officers under the headings (B), (c ), (d), (e) & (g) are struck off strength, the authority of the A.G., G.H.Q. must be obtained.

“OTHER RANKS should be struck off strength when :-

(a) Casualties in action, i.e., killed, wounded and missing (except “wounded at duty”).

(B) Transferred to, or filling a vacancy on the authorised establishment of another unit or formation (including those accepted on probation with the R.F.C.).

(c ) Evacuated sick out of Divisional Area (or, in the case of units not serving in Divisional Areas, when evacuated out of the Army or G.H.Q. Troops, etc. Area, as the case may be).

(d) Sentenced to imprisonment (unless sentence suspended).

(e) Included in the 216 “attached” Infantry authorised for each Tunnelling Company.

(f) Candidates for Commissions undergoing training away from their units.

(g) Servants who accompany their masters to C.O’s course at Aldershot.

(h) “Attached” Infantry authorised for Traffic Control duties.

Before other ranks under the headings (B) and (e) are struck off strength, the authority of Second Army must be obtained.

Chris Henschke

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