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Information requested on Joseph McCabe


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Really grateful for any information that anyone can provide on my wife's grandfather Joseph McCabe (born 1April 1896) who served with the Kings Liverpool Regiment.

His regimental number was 307069 and we think he enlisted/embarked via Oswestry.

He apparently enlisted on 16 August 1915 Oswestry

Kings Liverpool Regiment

Regimental Number 307069

It is thought that he served with great distinction and was shot through the hand and buried alive three times. His family were actually notified that he was posted missing in action but he did survive the war. Unfortunately, in later life he relived many of the horrible events that happened to him during the conflict. It would be great to know if there were any records of his service and the places where he served. Thank you to anyone who can help.

Having checked further it seems that Joseph was actually in the 1/5th Battalion and served through some major battles of the war. Oswestry was given as the emergency point for rejoining only.

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According to similar numbers in the Silver War Badge records the enlistment date 16th August 1915 looks correct -

307041 05.08.15

307071 17.08.15

Both above enlisted into the 1/8th Battalion.

His service medal and awards roll which you may have seen on Ancestry has him in the 1/8th Battalion (attached to the Royal Engineers) and then in the 1/5th. Difficult to say when he transferred without service records but the Long, Long Trail here may give a pointer. In January 1916, both battalions transferred to 165th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division.. You can therefore follow this Brigade and Division within the LLT website.

Battalion war diaries are downloadable at the National Archives for further day-to-day information but it's unlikely that Joseph will be mentioned by name.

Good luck with your research.

Mike

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According to similar numbers in the Silver War Badge records the enlistment date 16th August 1915 looks correct -

307041 05.08.15

307071 17.08.15

Both above enlisted into the 1/8th Battalion.

His service medal and awards roll which you may have seen on Ancestry has him in the 1/8th Battalion (attached to the Royal Engineers) and then in the 1/5th. Difficult to say when he transferred without service records but the Long, Long Trail here may give a pointer. In January 1916, both battalions transferred to 165th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division.. You can therefore follow this Brigade and Division within the LLT website.

Battalion war diaries are downloadable at the National Archives for further day-to-day information but it's unlikely that Joseph will be mentioned by name.

Good luck with your research.

Mike

Many thanks Mike for your efforts. I will follow up on your info.

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