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Remembered Today:

Joseph Tolley S Staffs Regt


KIRKY

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The above regt number 2671 and 240447 served in S Staffs. His family have told me that he was blinded and then returned to the Regt with the 2nd number a a sniper!

Question is, why would he have returned with a different number to the same Regt?

tony

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Thanks Chris, hope you are well.

Tony


Why were they renumbered then?

Tony

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Essentially it was to simply and reduce administration. Up to then, each TF unit had its own numbering sequence and if a man was moved from one unit to another he had to be renumbered. In the new numbering scheme a man would keep his new 6-digit number even if posted to a different unit, unless it meant a transfer to a different corps (such as an infantry man being transferred to the artillery).

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Tony, do you know where he was from ?

I have in my collection a presentation watch to a Cpl A Tolley (South Staffs) from Heath Town on the award of his MM

Dave,

See you Tuesday?

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Hi Dave he was from Vauxhall area off Tettenhall Road Wolves gassed and returned in S Staffs as a sniper.

tony

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Hi Dave he was from Vauxhall area off Tettenhall Road Wolves gassed and returned in S Staffs as a sniper.

tony

Different family then, just thought I'd ask as not a common surname

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