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Fred W

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On the Medal Record Card for Gunner 60472 William G C Lane RGA The following appears "On the SWB list RGA/765"

What does this mean?

Fred W

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Hi Fred,

Silver War Badge list RGA/765

This means he was either discharged through wounds or some other disability and was awarded the SWB to signify this fact.

Robert

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It means that he was awarded a Silver War Badge when he was discharged and the reference shows that his qualification was forwarded by the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA)

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Located here -

Piece reference WO 329/2985

Scope and content Royal Garrison Artillery (Dover) list RGA 401-800. Silver War Badge

Covering dates 1914-1920

Held by The National Archives, Kew

Former reference (Department) RGA 401-800 S28

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATID=5452722&CATLN=6&accessmethod=5

Not available online unfortunately.

John

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Located here -

Piece reference WO 329/2985

Scope and content Royal Garrison Artillery (Dover) list RGA 401-800. Silver War Badge

Covering dates 1914-1920

Held by The National Archives, Kew

John

That's interesting. From a researching point of view does this mean that he :-

1) came from Dover

2) served at Dover or

3) something else.

I only ask because if one had a SWB to a John Smith or a name equally common it might make it easier to track down the recipient if one knew where he came from.

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It's jsut the location of the relevant records office I think (i.e. the one which held his records)

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Could it be even more detailed than that - a return from the RGA Heavy Batteries in the South Easter Defences at Dover? That would certainly narrow it down a touch.

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It's jsut the location of the relevant records office I think (i.e. the one which held his records)

Agreed. It is simply the location of the R.A. Records Office.

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