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1/4th West Riding Regiment


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Hi I've recently purchased a pair of medals to a Pte V Burke 1/4th West Rid Regt. On the medal index card is the abrevation "Class Z" can anyone explain to me what this stands for

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From the Long Long Trail;

Class Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. There were fears that Germany would not accept the terms of any peace treaty, and therefore the British Government decided it would be wise to be able to quickly recall trained men in the eventuality of the resumption of hostilities. Soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve "for the duration", were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.

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Many Thanks very interesting

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