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Harry Preston RFA


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A friend has asked me to help trace her uncle. He is one of the soldiers on the back row of the photograph..

I think they are RFA. Can anyone confirm this and give me details of the guns. I have serched the Medal records and other service files without success. Any information may help to get started.

Details of the soldier are: Harry Preston, born 23/02/1898, at Handsworth, Birmingham. It is known that he served in F & F and was demobilised.

Any info. will be welcome

Stan

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Can't help on the guns but they are not 13 pdrs or 18 pdrs which had a single pole trail.

I would say that the photograph is post WW1, early/mid 1920's or even to mid 1930's, as they are wearing their lanyards on the right shoulder; this was changed from the left after WW1.

The tents in the background would suggest that this may have been taken at a TF or TA annual camp.

Absent voters list for 1918 might be a place start to trace your man.

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Hi Stan,

I agree with squirrel and say that the photo is post war. The guns look to be Mk 4, 18 pounders on Mk 3 carriages, only a handful of these field guns saw service in France just prior to the armistice.

Jon

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Stan

There are seven OR RFA Harry Prestons all of whom survived the war:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...mp;mediaarray=*

Having the service records checked at the NA seems to be the only way forward unless you follow Squirrel's suggestion of checking the AVL.

regards

Mel

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Could they be RHA? The reason I ask is because the officer with the cuff rank (which went out in about 1921 IIRC) as do the 2 officers to his left and the NCO on the front right appear to be wearing jodphers (sp?). I know the RFA had horsemen but I'm probably clutching at straws saying RHA.

In fact, the whole front row are carrying stick/crops.

Les

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Les

All the MICs are either for the RFA or RGA - but we are all being norty because it was the RA post war.

Regards

Mel

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If the relative is in the picture, then there is another clue to the rough date..... 1919/20 latest. Stan mentioned that the uncle was demobbed.... most were Class Z in 1919, so I'd hazard a guess that the pic is summer 1918-summer 1919..... more than likely 1919 (but that's just me guessing :P )

Les

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Thanks to everyone who replied to my posting.

I had my suspicions that the photo was postwar. Harry Preston did serve in the war years and I will take up the suggestion to research the AVRs.

Regards to everyone,

Stan

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