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Remembered Today:

James Smith or Simpson Died in State of Desertion


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I just happened to stumble across this MIC

He would appear to have deserted twice.

I believe the bottom reads

2867656 Pte Jame Simpson 2/Gordon Highlanders

[?] 7042679 [?] Royal Irish Fusiliers Deserted 07/01/1925 ?

Died whilst in the state of desertion

Are these normal service numbers post 1920's?


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'Died whilst in a state of desertion', that's a new one on me. The 7 digit numbers do fall in the respective regimental blocks which were allocated post 1920,


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