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I am trying to find out where my grandfather served during The Great War. I recall him talking about the mud of Paschendale but until recently I knew nothing more. I have obtained his service record from Kew and a copy of his discharge certificate from relatives. Can somebody help me interpret the following, please?

William Wright May Po. 1612S Royal Marine Light Infantry.

31/08/1916 Enlisted in Southampton

11/02/1916 Former service T Army Res

25/08/1916 Mobilized

26/08/1916 Royal Berks

Transferred from army - WHY? HOW?

31/08/1916 - 7/11/1916 Pte D Co RMLI Depot - WHERE WAS THIS?

8/11/1916 - 31/12/1916 Pte C (crossed out) F (?) Co Victory 11 RM Bde RMLI 1st Res Batt C/O J B Finlaison THE F PUZZLES ME. DOES VICTORY 11 = CRYSTAL PALACE?

1/01/1917 - 20/10/1917 As above Headquarters C/O J B Finlaison

21/10/1917 - 31/12/1917 as above but Ports Div C/O E G Lywood

1/01/1918 - 31/12/1918 as above C/O H D Farquharson

1/01/1919 - 28/04/1919 D Invalided C/O H D Farquharson

WHEN DID HE GO OVERSEAS? WHERE DID HE SERVE?

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This isnt my area at all but it appears he was serving with the Royal Navy (63rd) Division. I would expect the 1st Bttn to have a War Diary at the PRO. I am not sue how this would relate to 1st Reserve Bttn. although from the late 1917 entry, I wonder whether he was with the Portsmouth Battalion of the Royal Marine Brigade, RND.

I am sorry as I probably havent really helped.

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Guest ChrisLaw

Thanks for the prompt reply. I did try to locate a war diary at the PRO but the archivists were unable to trace one.

Is there any way to trace my grandfather's movements from his commanding officers? I tried to obtain their records at Kew but drew another blank.

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DOES VICTORY 11 = CRYSTAL PALACE?

Hi Chris

Yes Victory II was Crystal Palace / Sydenham, Training Depot for Royal Naval Divisions from 1914 until it "Paid Off" in March 1919.

Steve

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I did try to locate a war diary at the PRO but the archivists were unable to trace one.

Chris,

I’m not sure how much any of this will be of help to you specifically, but the following should be available at the NA, Kew; Per the Bibliography in Pat Francis’ book ‘A Quiet Life’

ADM 137/3065 Battalion war diaries and operational orders, including 1st RM May1916-Nov 1918, 2nd RM Aug 1916- April 1918

ADM 157/2471-2847 Portsmouth Division Discharge & Attestation Papers

WO 95/3110 War Diaries 188th Infantry Bde, Royal Marines 1st & 2nd Bns. May 1916-April 1919

Another useful address might be the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney

Bets of luck with your research

Michael D.R.

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Another useful address might be the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney

The Fleet Air Arm museum may also be able to help as they hold some of the RND (inc RM Brigade) records.

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