David Ingleby Posted 26 October , 2013 Share Posted 26 October , 2013 George Clarke died of pneumonia in Rugeley Military Hospital on October 29th 1918 a private in 'E' Battalion Machine Gun Corps. His service record has survived, although it is very difficult to decipher in places. The place of his enlistment is (to me) unreadable, and the date seems to be 1915. The 3rd & 4th pages of his record mean nothing to me, but must have some relevance to his service. However, his medical examination is dated July 1918, and took place at Northampton. The Military History page of his record looks as if campaigns and medals are blank (ish) and I have been unable to trace a medal index card for him which presupposes he never served abroad. I have two questions, the answer to the first may explain the second. 1) In peacetime he was a railway platelayer. Did he get told to return to his job at enlistment to be called up later? His medical examination has the stamp of 'E' Battalion MGC Training Battalion. If this is the case he may have been called up "properly" in July 1918, sent to the training camp at Cannock Chase and got pneumonia there......??? 2) If he did serve immediately after enlistment in 1915 where did he go? 'E' Battalion of the MGC was in Egypt in April 1918 and had moved to the Western Front by June 1918. So, did George serve abroad or not? If so where is his medal index card? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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