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RGA gunner training


paul leeson
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From the clues I have my GF's training in the UK seems to have been about 4 months. From mobilization the crossing the channel. Does that sound about right?

Thank you in advance.

Paul.

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One RGA man I researched volunteered in September 1915, joined his battery on formation in October, had their guns issued in December, went to F & F in May 1916 and their first engagement was for the bombardment for the battle of the Somme in June.

So it looks like it varied depending on whether the individual joined a battery that had already formed at home or overseas, or a newly raised battery and when that had their guns issued. Further training would also have been carried out in theatre as well by the look of it.

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Yes, good point, my GF seems to have gone to an established battery. He also seems to have been at a base depot in France for a week, so as you say possibly he had a bit of extratraining there.

Paul.

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