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Pte Hugh Learoyd Lancashire Fusilliers


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Hi,

I'm trying to find out about my grt grandfather Hugh Learoyd. I know he was in the Lancashire Fusilliers. His service record like so many were destroyed and I am trying to piece together his movements.

His regiment number was 51359

He enlisted in Birkenhead 10th Feb 1916 - on the certificate I have,it says he served with the colours for 2 years 152 days and was with the Army Reserve for 305 days. It also says he was first posted to the Training Reserve battalion.

He was awarded the silver star and was discharged 12th May 1919 and it does say he served overseas.

I'd like to know if it's possible to find out where he served and the battalion he served with.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kate

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He was awarded the silver star and was discharged 12th May 1919 and it does say he served overseas.

Kate

He was awarded the "Silver War Badge" not "Silver Star".

Sam

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Hi Kate,

Welcome to the forum.

The transcriptions of the Campaign Medal Rolls available at http://www.nmarchive.com/search-result/page/0/medal-rolls/initial-hugh/surname-learoyd may well give the battalions he served with, but you would need to take out a 30 day subscription at a cost of £4.95 to view it. (It worked with some of my relatives). If you can get the battalion, and dates, then you should be able to download the war diaries from

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?discoveryCustomSearch=true&_q=Lancashire+Fusiliers&_cr1=WO+95&_col=200&_hb=tna&image1.x=44&image1.y=15

They cost £3.30 each, and will show day by day, where the battalion was, and a short description of the events of the day. It is very unlikely though that he will be mentioned by name.

Good luck with your research.

Regards

Chris

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Guest dragonene

Sam - thankyou for your reply, I'm an idiot :doh: . Silver War badge is correct.

Chris - Thankyou for your reply, I will go and have a look at the Campaign Medal Rolls and see what I can find.

Regards

Kate

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War Diary available here:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4555451

Only five men died in this number series, and were from a spread of Bns. First two deaths in March 1918. I would hazard a guess he went out to France not long before and the men were dispersed to different LF Bns from an Infantry Base Depot.

A good idea to look for Service Papers for men with numbers either side of him to see if any still exist. By this stage of the war men were usually trained through the Training Reserve and were sent out to France as reinforcements in blocks.

It's quite possible he started with another Regiment. If you find papers they will likely give a good idea of his training and when he was sent to France.

More on the Training Reserve system here:

http://www.1914-1918.net/training_reserve.htm

Rgds

Tim D

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