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Norman Kensett


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I have a Norman Kensett b 10 Nov 1896 in West Grinstead Sussex to Frederick & Annie Elizabeth.

The only info I can find on Ancestry is a MRIC with the following detail:

Name: KENSETT, Norman
Corps: Suss. Yeo, R. Suss R, R.F.A.
Rank: Pte.
Regtl. No: 1773, 4779, 241267, 737543
Medal: Victory, British, T.F.War
Roll: E/2/101 B16, RFA.TFM.4
Page: 3533, 76

I have read up about the T.F.W.M. so wondered at what age one could sign up for the Territorials (in this case presumably the Sussex Yeomanry) for service overseas?

Can anyone find any further information about Norman Kensett's military career?

Thanks.

Incidentally, his younger brother Clifford enlisted in the R. Regt. of Artillery in September 1914 aged 15. He was discharged in February 1915 "... having made a misstatement as to age on Enlistment"

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There might be a link between 1773 1/1 Sussex Yeomanry (Egypt Suez Defences) becoming 4779 16 Battalion Royal Sussex there on 3.1.1917 and joining 230 Brigade of 74 Division before heading or France in May 1918. One snag being that his presumed second Sussex number of 241267 was a re-number to 5 Battalion. Presumably 737543 was RFA.

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Thanks. That probably explains all the different numbers. At what age could one put oneself down for service in the Yeomanry and would you be allowed to volunteer at age 17 for service overseas?

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