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Missing from the MIC

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Guest KevinEndon

I am researching a Spr William Riley Royal Engineers as stated on the war memorial, here is his mic


it shows he was with s/19296 Seaforth Highlanders and 7679 Labour Corps, no mention of the Royal Engineers.

Here is his entry on SDGW


it shows that he was 7679 Labour Corps previously 4055 Royal Engineers, no mention of the Seaforth Highlanders

CWGC says he was Seaforth Highlanders and Labour Corps but has no mention of the Royal Engineers


Could someone please confirm that they are one of the same or has SDGW made a cock-up, no papers exist on ancestry.

Many thanks in advance.


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The information I received from the CWGC reads:

RILEY, Private, WILLIAM, S/19296. 2nd Labour Coy. Seaforth Highlanders transf. to (7679) 13th Coy. La-bour Corps. Died of wounds, received in enemy air raid, 24th June 1917. Age 23. Son of Hugh and Hannah Finlay Riley of Glasgow.

The Labour Corps number confirms he was in 13 Company which was formed from the 2nd Infantry Labour Company, Seaforth Highlanders.

One possibility is that he was originally R.E. but only served in the U.K. with them. If so his MIC would not show the RE but would show the Seaforth's as this would have been the regiment he went overseas with.


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