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Hi I am from Perth Western Australia and I am trying to find some information regarding my Grandfathers war service.

My Grandfather Pte William Howard served in the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons as a Signaller. I have been told he was a regular and was with the dragoons for about eight years before the great war broke out and was sationed in India until they were transferred to the trenches in France I think in 1915.

I have a a childhood recollection of a photo of him on horseback in his dress unifom . We moved for the UK when I was young and my mother said he did not talk a lot about the war . He got frostbite in France like a lot of others and he never received any war pension which puzzled her . I have his medals but the only one with any inscription had his name and the numbers d- 1678.

If anyone could advise who to contact for information or could offer any advise I would appreciate it . He was born in Stafford in 1886.

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Titanic - welcome to the forum.

The National Archives medal index card shows:

Description Medal card of Howard, William

Corps Regiment No Rank

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 30544 Private

Date 1914-1920

Catalogue reference WO 372/10

Not quite the dragoons however, but guess this is your chap?

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His MIC, I'm not sure if Liz's link will work if you don't have an Ancestry subscription.

Regards

Steve

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Details from the Long Long Trail mothersite.....

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons

August 1914 : in Mhow in India, part of the Mhow Cavalry Brigade.

Moved with Brigade to France as part of 2nd Indian Cavalry Division, landed Marseilles at 14 December 1914.

September 1915 : Brigade transferred to 1st Indian Cavalry Division.

26 November 1916 : 1st Indian Cavalry Division renamed as 4th Cavalry Division.

10 March 1918 : Division broken up. Transferred to 7th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division.

Steve

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Thanks so much for the responses . My wife has a subscription to Ancestry so I will try the link that way. I now have something to work with. As I said I know he was a regular and my mother mentions that he spoke about Ireland which is where the Dragoons were formed. She said that he was hospitalized for a time in Birmingham after the war because of his frost bite , she has also wondered why he never he received a pension.

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I have his medals but the only one with any inscription had his name and the numbers d- 1678.

Just as an aside, if you have all three original medals then they will all have his details on them. The 1914-15 Star will have them on the back, the other two inscribed around the edge.

Regards

Steve

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