pdavis500 Posted 6 January , 2011 Share Posted 6 January , 2011 Hi, My Grandfather John Henry Shields served as a Private in the Royal Berkshires (28544) and was then transferred to the Labour Corps (98195) and served at the Remount Station at Shirehampton near Bristol. I believe he was conscripted in 1915 in Bristol (the date stamped on his papers could be 1916 as it is a little blurred). He was very experienced with horses having been involved in training racehorses in France prior to WW1and so would have been ideally skilled with working with the horses being brought to Avonmouth. He later served in France, I assume working with horses at the front, and I understand he was gassed at Bethune, although this could have been where he received medical attention as I understand there was a Clearing Station at Bethune to provide medical help to soldiers. I havent been able to find out when he was gassed, but I've found the main references to Bethune as part of the Lys Offensive in 1918. Were there any other battles he could have been involved in instead? Would he have been attached to other regiments whilst at the front or served in a Labour Corp Unit? I also understand that he was at a Military Hospital in Buxton, but havent been able to find out much about this apart from it was staffed by Canadians. Any inforamtion about this or the questions above appreciated. Paul Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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