Jump to content
Free downloads from TNA ×
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

Royal Engineer help please


Recommended Posts

Can someone please tell me if it is possible to learn service details about a Royal Engineer without a service record.

He was George William Best b.1884 Heighington, Durham, RE 206539 and Labour Corps 591649. (MIC from Ancestry)

Family stories suggest he did not go overseas, although I have a photo of him as wounded wearing the hospital blue jacket. Also since he transferred to the Labour Corps I suspect it was due to an injury.

I believe he was conscripted in 1916 and may have attested at Darlington, Durham or vicinity.

I found a man on CWGC who was a Royal Engineer 206538, killed 19 Dec 1917 in a railway accident at a military camp near Larkhill. If the numbers were consecutive could Spr Best been sent to the same railway camp?

G.W. Best was a Machinist for the railway at home before the war.

Is there anyway to learn more about this man? Thank you.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Admin

Hi Meadowcroft

There is a MIC for him earning a pair so he did serve abroad from 1916 onwards. I can't help with the RE number but his LC number suggests he was transferred between MAy and September 1918.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you for this Glen. It may be all I will ever learn.

I appreciate your help. :)


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...