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Hi, I am trying to find out all I can about Horace A (Archibald I think) Small and would appriciate any help that is available. I already know the following:

Died: 1/1/1917

Buried at: Rue du Bacquerot no 1 military cemetary

Regiment: London Rifle Brigade

service no: 5302

Family rumour thinks he might have been a stretcher bearer or medical orderly - is there any way of finding out?

Thanks for reading this - Nicky Jane

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Nicky,

From SDGW:

Regiment, Corps etc.: London Regiment

Battalion etc.: 5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade).

Last name: Small

First name(s): Horace Archibald

Initials: H A

Birthplace: Finsbury Park

Enlisted: Stoke Newington

Residence:

Rank: RIFLEMAN

Number: 5302

Date died: 1 January 1917

How died: Killed in action

Theatre of war: France & Flanders

You did have his middle name right :-) and he was a rifleman (equlivent to a Private)

Hth

Grant

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Here is his MIC (medal index card) he was with the 5th Battalion.

Ellie

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Guest nicky watling

Thank you so much for this info - it means a great deal to find out some more about him

Nicky Jane

post-30902-1222100611.jpg

Here is his MIC (medal index card) he was with the 5th Battalion.

Ellie

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Horace Archibald Small - Battalion Details

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Regiment, Corps etc

London Regiment

Battalion/etc

5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade).

Battalion Details

4.8.14 130 Bunhill Row, E.C.: 2nd London Bde. 1st London Div. End Aug. Baisley. Sept. Crowborough. Nov. left division and landed at Havre 5.11.14. 17.11.14 to 11th Bde. 4th Div. at Bailleul. 19.5.15 to G.H.Q. and formed a composite bn. with 1/12th and 1/13 Bns. until 11 Aug. 25.10.15 to 8th Bde. 3rd Div. 10.2.16 to 169th Bde. 56th Div., forming in Hallencourt area. 11.11.18 169th Bde. 56th Div. Belgium; Erquennes, N.E. of Bavai.

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NJ

He could have been a stretcher bearer as these came from within the Battalion, a Medical orderly he was not, (normally),as these were RAMC (Medical Corps) personnel.

There were two 5th Battalions in the Londons,your man served in the 1/5th,as the 2/5th didn't ship out to France until a few months after he had been killed.

War Diary for 1/5th Londons is at Kew under WO95/2961 and covers Feb 1916 to Jul 1917. It shows on a daily basis where the Battalion was and what it was doing. There are often trench maps,reports,orders etc,so it might be possible to trace where exactly he was on the day of his death. From the date it is likely that no set battle was in progress and he may have been killed by every day trench activity,shellfire,sniper,trench raid,patrol etc. It may have been on trench changeover of units,usually in the night,and when artillery made it difficult for this to occur safely.

A note about the Medal index Card posted here. It shows that two Medals were issued,the British War and Victory Medals,but then shows them returned (to the Army). This might have been because of duplication of issue or other maladministration,or merely because his relatives didn't want them. The reference 1743 KR (presumably King's Regulations) may hold the key.

Best wishes

Sotonmate

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