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Hi to all who can help

Iam researching my Grand father who we never new much about as he died when my Dad was 2 in 1952.

And I have now got stuck in finding out any more information on his active service

I have obtained his medal index card from the national archives had have his medals I would like to know whear in france he served and what his regiment got up to.

His name was Francis G Coxhead war No 1680 and he served with the 8th london regiment

on his medals it says corpral and acting sergent. Any help greatly recived thank you

Regards

Dan

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Dan. Welcome to the Forum, have a read at the Long, Long Trail, top right hand corner of this page. Ralph.

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Hi,

Some info here on the Post Office Rifles, (8th London): http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.com/200...n-regiment.html

As he was discharged in 1916, and got a Silver war badge, I looked on Ancestry for his pension papers, and he was there with some documents. Have you got them? If not, send me a PM with your email.

He was wounded in action 24/5/1915, (Festubert?) a Gun shot wound that led to his being sent to britain on the 28th ( a blighty wound), and after a convalescence discharged as no longer fit for military service.

ATB,

Lars

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Dan

Welcome to the forum.

If you look on the Long Long Trail site here

http://www.1914-1918.net/london.htm

You will see the movements of the 8th Bn (same as the 6th) and that shows they landed in France on 18 3 1915 which is the date on the Medal Card.

The medal card shows he was discharged on 28 4 1916 and given a Silver War Badge

You can read up about what that means in the Research a Soldier section of the LLT site

here

http://www.1914-1918.net/grandad/grandad.htm

His records have survived and are on Ancestry.He was a pre war Territorial having joined up in Jun 1913. He was a Postman, hence him being in the 8th which were called the Post Office Rifles. He was shot in the left buttock in action on 24/5/1915 and shipped back to the UK few days later.

On 20/7/1915 he was transferred to the 3rd 8th Bn (see above link) and then again to the 101st prov Battalion until 28/4/1916 when he was discharged as no longer physically fit for war duties.

There are some London Regiment experts on here who may spot your post and fill you in on what happened around the time he was wounded etc.

Meanwhile if you put "post office rifles" in the search facility of this Forum you'll find quite a few threads and one or two may throw light on their early days in France.

Hywyn

Edit: date of wounding and shipping back to uk

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Hi,

Some info here on the Post Office Rifles, (8th London): http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.com/200...n-regiment.html

As he was discharged in 1916, and got a Silver war badge, I looked on Ancestry for his pension papers, and he was there with some documents. Have you got them? If not, send me a PM with your email.

He was wounded in action 24/5/1915, a Gun shot wound ehich led to his being sent to britain ( a blighty wound, and after a convalescence discharged as no longer fit for military service.

ATB,

Lars

Hi larsA

I dont seem to be able to pm you. May be becouse Iam a new member with not enough posts?

Thanx to all who replyed in such a quick time My dad never new he was a postman and that he was wounded in action cheers all

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