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Charles Victor Brain - served East Africa?


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I can follow this from birth 1898 through 1901 and 1911 censuses

1919 Feb 5. The undermentioned Overseas Cadets are granted temp, commissions as 2nd Lts. 183983 C. V. Brain.

He ends the War in RAF as an officer. Later joins the Auxiliaries in Ireland

His ADRIC registration claim for medals " GS, Victory and German East Africa"

1921 Jan/Mar Marries in Edmonton, London to Elsie M Hay

1921 Jan 23 Joins ADRIC with service no 1588. Posted to O Coy

1922 Jan 17 Discharged at demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 17. Leaves UK for Durban, South Africa. He is a "forester" and travels with his wife Mrs E Brain. UK address 101 Uplands Rd, Hornsey. Intends living in South Africa.

He probably died in Australia in 1953.

I cannot find his MIC . My limited notes are here click

It looks as if he served in East Africa, but I did not think there was a campaign medal (my ignorance maybe?)

Can anyone find him serving in East Africa. The only thing going for it is that he has an usual name (but seems to have used Victor rather than Charles in early life)

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No, there was no specific German East Africa medal.

In that part of the world African General Service Medals were issued for:

Nyasaland 1915

Shimber Berris (Somaliland) 1914

East Africa 1913-14

Jubaland (then British East Africa) 1917-18

East Africa (Turkanaland - three different awards) 1914, 1915 and 1918.

Perhaps the ADRIC registration claim mis-wrote a word or two.


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Thanks. The ADRIC registers are difficult to read, to a certain extent one transcribes what you think you see thare, and the register records what the man taking the details thinks he heard!

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