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I wonder if someone could help with any information on Herbert Francis Shelton who was in the Surrey Regiment. His service number was 9004. I am looking for any information regarding his service in the Regiment. Thank you.

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That number is for

Herbert F Bedford 2nd East Surrey Regiment 9004

Went to France 18/5/1915 and died 7/7/1916

Name: Herbert Francis Bedford

Birth Place: Richmond, Surrey

Residence: Norbiton, Surrey

Death Date: 7 Jul 1916

Death Location: Salonika

Enlistment Location: Kingston-On-Thames, Surrey

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment: East Surrey Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Number: 9004

Type of Casualty: Died

Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre

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If Bedford is the correct name, Lisa, there's a decent collection of service papers (I haven't looked for content in case it isn't who you're looking for):-

Name: Herbert Francis Bedford

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1891

Age at enlistment: 23

Birth Parish: Richmond

Birth County: Surrey

Document Year: 1914

Regimental Number: 9004

Regiment Name: East Surrey

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He's also listed in the Surrey Recruitment Registers, Vol 38, p 90, though in this case it's unlikely there's any info beyond what you'd find in his papers.

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Assuming you've mixed up the surname, with a match for the Regimental Number, forenames and partially the Regiment,

the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour database has this:-

Name: BEDFORD. Initials: H F. Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: East Surrey Regiment. Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 07/07/1916. Service No: 9004

Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. F. 6. Cemetery: STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY

so at least you know where this chap is buried... of course we may have the wrong guy, but there is only one HF Shelton on the database, only the Herbert matches and totally different branch of the Army....

HF Bedford was promoted to Lance Corporal some time after the 18th May 1915 when he first entered France and is therefore entitled to the 1914-15 Star (as Lance Corporal) as well as British War and Victory medals (as Private). Obviously he then was transferred (with the 2nd East Surreys) to the Balkans and seems to have died in Greece, perhaps from illness during the Salonika Campaign and died in the 40th Casualty Clearing Station. .

The Long Long Trail website shows that the 2nd Battalion was in India when the First World War started

August 1914: in Chaubattia, India. Returned to England, landing Devonport 23 December 1914.

December 1914: moved to Winchester and attached to 85th Brigade in 28th Division.

Landed at Le Havre 19 January 1915. October 1915: moved to Egypt and went on to Salonika, arriving 1 December 1915.

HF Bedford obviously wasn't with them when they arrived in France in January 1915, being a reinforcement in May.

He volunteered 29th August 1914, less than 4 weeks after war had been declared.

If this is the right chap, you can view his Service Record on Ancestry at you local library for free.

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