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robert higginson royal field artiliery


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can anynody tell me anything else about this man , i know his service number was 9185 and i know he recieved the Victory and star medals

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To be precise he had the 1914-15 Star,the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He first landed in France on 28 Nov 1914,which was five days outside of the closure of the entitlement to the 1914 Star. There is little to help with your quest,only that for the date he entered France also coincided with the arrival there of 8 Division. He may have been a member of the Artillery /Ammo Column of that Division,OR he might have been in a replacement batch for those lost or wounded in previous fighting.The Medal Card also shows he was initially a Driver (probably a horseman who handled the horses which hauled the gun/ammo) and later a Gunner.

For infantry there is usually help to be gained from the original Medal Rolls which are at Kew in the series WO329,but for Artillery there is little or no hope of seeing which unit a soldier fought in as they didn't usually show that detail.Nonetheless it might be worth getting a look at Ledger WO329/2526 page 1014 on which is listed this soldier's 1914-15 Star,and which MIGHT show his unit.

He was not a casualty who died as he is not on the CWGC site.You might be lucky to see information on him in his local Absent Voters List for 1918,where rank and unit were often shown.

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