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RAMC photo - my grandfather


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I am continuing research on my grandfather who served 1914-16 in the RAMC. He was Reginald James Powell and was attached to 1/6th King's Liverpool.

I have just found this photo amongst my father's possessions and wondered if anyone can shed any light on it? My grandfather is front row, middle.

Thanks in advance,



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From the Long, Long Trail infantry battalion description:

"A Corporal and 4 Privates of the Royal Army Medical Corps were attached to Battalion HQ for water and sanitary duties."



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Territorial RAMC - you can see the "T" above his shoulder titles in the first picture. Also, the two chaps wearing caps have a blackened cap badge and buttons. May have been taken at a TF camp just pre war or after embodiment when his RAMC section was allocated to a battalion.

Picture 2 is a Sanitary Squad as has been said.

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Thanks chaps. From his medal records I know that grandfather Reg landed in France Feb 1915 and was awarded the 14-15 Star along with the other 2 medals in the trio. His landing date suggests attachment to the 1/6th KLR and this is confirmed by the second photo, which like the first appears to have been taken in or near Liverpool.

1/6th KLR then served at 2nd Ypres where my great uncle rifleman Albert Fowler was killed 5.5.15 between Zillebeke and Hill60.

Reg survived the Flanders fighting and went down to the Somme 1916 where he was wounded (bullet in jaw) while stretcher bearing and invalided out towards end 1916. So once in France sanitary duties must have been replaced with stretcher bearing?

Thanks for your enlightening observations.

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