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Reservist Retained Former Regimental Number?


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My grandfather joined the RHA as a driver, circa 1904.

I have a copy of a photo of him (on a postcard, postmarked in 1907) in which his regimental number on his haversack can be made out - the same number as inscribed on his 1914-18 trio. I had always assumed he was a regular when he embarked for France in August 1914 but his service record has not survived to confirm this.

I think I have found him today on the 1911 Census - back in civvy street! If it is him, it would be the solution to a long-standing family mystery. Has anybody a view on whether it is at all possible that he left the RHA before 1911 and became a reservist, whilst retaining his original regimental number?

Bryan

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Bryan

As a reservist yes he would have reatained his Regtl number. I think you can safely say he was in his Reserve period of his engagement at the start of the War and was thus called up.

Regards,

Lee

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Have you found his MIC? His date of entry could also be a clue. You say 1914 trio, that would suggest too that he was a reservist.

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