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Tim Wright

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I am sure that the pals can help me with this problem.

I am currently researching a few soldiers whose medals i have recently purchased.

I have the regiments and service numbers from the medals, these all tie up with the medal index cards.

I now want to find their battalions, where do i go next? thankfully they all survived which is making it very difficult.

your help would be greatly appreciated.

Tim.

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I am sure that the pals can help me with this problem.

I am currently researching a few soldiers whose medals i have recently purchased.

I have the regiments and service numbers from the medals, these all tie up with the medal index cards.

I now want to find their battalions, where do i go next? thankfully they all survived which is making it very difficult.

your help would be greatly appreciated.

Tim.

Hi Tim the battalions should be shown on their M.I.C usually on the top!!!!!

best regards

Ian

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I now want to find their battalions, where do i go next?

Next place to go (and, indeed, the only place unless you strike lucky) is the National Archives at Kew. The medal index cards will have given you the reference and page to the various actual medal rolls. These are the documents which hold the battalion information. The rolls are not online.

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Thanks dundeesown.

I did'nt do that initially because there are quite a few and i did'nt want to take the michael.

Here are a few i am stuck on -

19580 - Pte Herbert Wade - Royal Scots Fusiliers.

4794 - Cpl James Gray - HLI

F/1558 - Pte Edwin Richard Nation - Middlesex Regiment

3646 - Pte William Poole - Lancashire Fusiliers

13694 - Sgt Arthur Coates - Kings Liverpool

271307 - Pte Duncan Walker - Royal Scots

19551 - Pte William Besley - Devons

72147 - Clement Shaw - Royal Artillery

31614 - Bmbr Alfred Siddall - RFA

53152 - Arthur Jackson - Royal Scots

S11608 - Thomas Jackson - Gordon Highlanders

2254 - Pte Francis William Webb - Queens (West Surrey)

2525 Victor F Spreadbury - R.A.M.C

21533 D.W.Thomas - Welsh Regiment

Any help would be gratefully received.

Tim.

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Hi Tim the battalions should be shown on their M.I.C usually on the top!!!!!

best regards

Ian

Hi Ian.

I have rechecked a number of them and can only see the regiment at the top.

Do you mean with the Corps, Rank and reg number or am i in the wrong place?

Tim

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271307 - Pte Duncan Walker - Royal Scots

Number indicates he served in the 5th Batt at some time .

Davie

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Thanks Davie

Next place to go (and, indeed, the only place unless you strike lucky) is the National Archives at Kew. The medal index cards will have given you the reference and page to the various actual medal rolls. These are the documents which hold the battalion information. The rolls are not online.

Hi John.

That sounds like a long but enjoyable day out.

Tim.

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Hi Tim

Cpl James Magnus Gray 4794/331899 was in The 9th ( Glasgow Highlanders )Battalion.Highland Light Infantry.( Territorial.)

Pte F/1558 Edward(on his records) Richard Nation was first in the 17th Bn,but was in the 2nd Bn when he died see CWGC.

all the best Gary. :thumbsup:

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Another One.

Name: Thomas Jackson

Death Date: 31 Jul 1917

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Dumfries

Rank: Private

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders

Battalion: 8/10th Battalion

Number: S/11608

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Gary.

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Another One.

Name: Thomas Jackson

Death Date: 31 Jul 1917

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Dumfries

Rank: Private

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders

Battalion: 8/10th Battalion

Number: S/11608

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Gary.

Many thanks again Gary.

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I have rechecked a number of them and can only see the regiment at the top.

That's usual. Ian's earlier comment that battalion is at the top means he must have struck very, very lucky with his searches. It is a rare addition to the medal index card.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Tim

19551 - Pte William Besley - was from the 1st Garrison Bn, Devon Regt.

His MIC shows he sailed for Egypt with the battalion on 27th Sept 1915 and that he was later transferred to the Labour Corps at some point.

Cant tell you more than that I'm afraid.

Regards

Dave

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