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tracing south lancs soldier


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i am looking for help on how to trace a soldier of the great war the only info i have at present is that his regiment no is -2212 and then 200562,

he enlisted on the 28th june 1915 and came out on the 13th feb 1919 ,, was poss a lewis gunner !! any info or help toi be pointed in the right direction would be greatly appreciated !!

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His name was James W Orford (perhaps you knew that already!).

Entered France on 28/06/1915 (and therefore would have enlisted earlier than this date)

Entitled to the trio (1915 star, VM & BWM)

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The 4-digit number followed by a 6-digit number means he was in the TF.

The LLT site indicates that his 6-digit number was in a block allocated to the 4th Bn South Lancs

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No service or pension records apparent on Ancestry UK.

1/4 Battalion first landed in France in Feb 1915 and if your man served with them,as seems likely,he would have been in a replacement draft on his landing in Jun 1915. 1/4 were part of 7 Brigade of 3 Division until Oct 1915,when they became a Pioneer Battalion to the same Division. In Jan 1916 the unit was transferred,again as Pioneers,to 55 Division. This detail can be found in the Long Long Trail,at op left of this page.

Accounts of these periods are found in the unit War Diaries which are at Kew:

Ref WO95/1414/2 runs from Feb 1915 to Dec 1915 with 3 Division ( both in 7 Brigade and as Pioneers),and,

WO95/2917/1 from Jan 1916 to Apr 1919 when Pioneers to 55 Division.

Neither of these Diaries are yet digital so need to be read at Kew,once you are sure of the Battalion.

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His name was James W Orford (perhaps you knew that already!).

Medal Rolls confirm his service with 4th Bn, and also his middle name as "Willis"

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