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Royal Engineers for me too. The shoulder titles are not the standard "RE" titles, so it is possible that he was in a Territorial unit. And mounted judging by the spurs.

Steve.

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Definitely T / RE / ? shoulder title. So a territorial as stated.

TT

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I don't really profess to know this but did the Royal Engineers have a mounted division? I am just looking through the various books I have and looking at the various badges that are the RE. On the photo shown of the soldier (although it obviously blurs more as you increase size) I can't really make out the letters in the centre of the badge. So, looking through my badge book again, is there any chance it could be The City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) which might explain the spurs on his boots. These spent time in Gallipoli , Egypt, Macedonia, Palestine and then France and Flanders in 1918(1/1st) ? Just a thought. Mikei

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No he is RE as shown by his shoulder titles and cap badge! There was no mounted division of engineers. The RE like other corps were attached to Divisions, Armies, Corps etc and did a multitude of tasks. Some would be mounted hence spurs. There were mounted soldiers in infantry units as part of the transport sections of battalions etc.

Hope this clarifies.

TT

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There were a number of specialist RE horse drawn vehicles which required mounted drivers - a bridging train for example would have a number of mounted men on the horses pulling the pontoon wagons

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You have clarified it for me TT. Thanks

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Thanks for the most recent replies. So far I have not found any records to indentify this soldier in my family history......another puzzle to be solved.

My GGF was a driver in the ASC MT. He enlisted at the age of 46 and two months in April 1918. Was posted to 665 Coy @ Blackheath in June 1918 as a private . Moved to dispersal unit @ Heaton Park (Manchester) February 1919. I have a an ASC postcard, sent to my grandmother, from the Soldiers Club, Strand dated September 1st 1918.

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