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Tracing a Great War postcard


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I am attempting to decipher and decode the writing on the back of a WWI postcard. We are aware of the identity of the soldier on the front: Francis Omar Tilley, A/sergeant Leicestershire Regiment. He was awarded the MM in October 1917 (Cambrai) and then died of wounds the following month. He is commemorated at Abbeville.

It is the rear of the card which causes us head scratching. It appears certain that it would have originated after Francis' death. The card itself originated from the supplier: R. Guilleminot, Boespflug and Co, Paris. The listing (3 stripes etc) are for his rank and medals. We have not yet decoded the address.

What are the significance of the following:

The "Stretcher" stamp

The number stamped which ends "... 729" - it isn't his enlistment number

The notation "K.J. 32 Freemans(?)"


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