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stevew
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Hi,

For the past fews years I had assumed that my Gt Granddad had served with the RGA and then the RFA as this was what I found for 'his' MIC as that was how I found in in the old days of the microfiche. Just out curiosity I thought I would do a search whilst at Kew last week and to my surprise and annoyance 2 names came up for my Gt Granddad (Alfred W Elson), the one I originally found and another one.

As I said the one I found first had service in the RGA and RFA, the one I have now found is RGA only. I believe this one to be the correct one for my Gt Granddad as my Granddad's birth certificate for December 1918 shows his dad as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Anyway, to get to my query, can anybody shed any light as to which Battery his service number, 97251, would be attached.

Many thanks

Steve

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Steve

How can you be certain that the second one is your man? Both would have been Gunners with the RGA in December 1919.

If there are no service papers then the Medal Rolls are your best bet and keep your fingers crossed that the W does not stand for William in both cases.

Regards

Mel

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Steve

The first Alfred would have been with the 291 Bde RFA TF/ 2/2 London Bde when he first served with the RFA overseas and then the 2 London Hvy By, RGA/ London Div upon transfer to the RGA.

The second Alfred with RGA 97251 service number does not yield any information.

Regards

Mel

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Steve

How can you be certain that the second one is your man? Both would have been Gunners with the RGA in December 1919.

If there are no service papers then the Medal Rolls are your best bet and keep your fingers crossed that the W does not stand for William in both cases.

Regards

Mel

Mel,

Thx for the reply. I've had a monday morning brain lapse, I thought the 1st MIC was RGA then RFA, but it is the other way around so you are correct they would've both been RGA in Dec 18. As it happens my man is William and I have a copy from the 1st roll at home, I shall have a look at the 2nd one's roll on my next visit to Kew.

The only other info I have is from is marriage certificate which shows his residence as Luton in August 1916 (his home address at this time was Bromley)

Almost forgot.......1901 shows 2 Alfred W Elsons, my Gt Granddad, and one in Middlesex, so both could be associated with the 1st MIC

Steve

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If Alfred was in Luton in 1916 then it is likely to be the first one because there was a Brigade Artillery Training School at Biscot nr Luton where many of the TF artillery units were trained and honed. The RGA had their principal training base near Dover.

Regards

Mel

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