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James Malone S/23282


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Looking for help once again. Ancestry is stonewalling me with this at the moment so throwing it out there for any info on my Great Grandfather:

James Malone

Born 1883

Lived in Dundee

Enlisted 2nd Black Watch as Private 23282

Survived the war.

Listed on the AVL as returning to Dundee

Medal card says he received the British and Victory medal.

Anyone shed some light on when he might have enlisted and where in Mesopotamia he might have served? Guessing from his high service number he was likely to have missed the units action in France

Any details or hints appreciated as always

Andy

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Hi Andy

Had a quick look and found

James Malone

Private S/23282

Royal Highlanders

M.I.C. Victory and British medals

No date of enlistment, no service/pension records

Is this the same man?

Regards

Tony

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Hi Tony.

Yeah that's my man. I know he was in Egypt at some point during the war as we have a number of small trinkets that he must have brought back with him.

Does the S denote he was from a Service Battalion?

Any thoughts on where I could go from here?

Andy

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Click on "Long long trail" top left of this page . Follow link - regiments , infantry , Black Watch . 2nd battn movements detailed there

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Hi Andy

Information as follows

2nd Battalion.

December 1915.Moved to Mesopotamia, landing Basra 31st December 1915.

Formation was renamed 21st Brigade, 7th Indian Division.

4th Feb 1916 due to heavy casualties formed The Highland Battalion with 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

12th July 1916 resumed former title.

January 1918 moved to Palestine, arriving Suez 13th January 1918.

There's the Egypt connection.

Do you know when he enlisted, if before December 1915 would have qualified for 1915 Star. I have concentrated on after Jan 1916.

I hope this is of use.

Regards

Tony

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Cheers Tony

No idea as to when he enlisted but judging by his service number, probably later on, That and his MC doesn't list him receiving the 1915 Star and no listing of theatre or specific battalion. All I really have to go on is the AVL which is on the Friends of Dundee website and his MC. Service records are gone and as far as I am aware he didn't really speak about his war service. Suppose I probably will never know but at least he survived unlike so many.

Andy

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Hi Andy

Check out "Black Watch soldier's secrets revealed after a century wait"

On this Forum in "Soldiers"

Cheer's

Tony

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Thanks for that Tony, I had a read and maybe some information will flow. I've also contacted the Black Watch museum for any details they might hold so heres hoping. Will update if I hear anything.

Andy

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I'd recommend the book "The Mesopotamium Campaign of 1914-18" by A.J. Barker, aka "The Bastard War" in the reprint.

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