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A Croydon boy in the 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders


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Hi all

I've been asked to look into 2271 Private C M Fuller, 1/4 Seaforth Highlanders. He was KIA on March 11th 1915 at Neuve Chapelle and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.

As 1/4th was a Rosshire Territorial Battalion, could anyone shed light on why a chap from Croydon should be in it?

Any information much appreciated.

Chris C

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Colin Melville Fuller has an entry in De Ruvignys R of H he was in the motor trade and enlisted in London according to SDGW at the outbreak of the war , educated in Croydon, quote from the entry " by his wife , Janet Hellen Innes, dau of Colin Wright of Perthshire" which may explain why he volunteered into the Seaforths. Ralph.

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Gentlemen

Thank you to you both.

Chris C

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The likely reason for him ending up in the Seaforth is that there was a surfeit of recruits into the London Scottish (which was a very prestigious London-based battalion made up largely of white-collar workers and professionals), this led the London Scottish to direct many of their recruits into the ranks of the various battalions of the Highland Brigade (including the 4/Seaforth). Your man almost certainly tried to enlist in the London Scottish initially. 4/Seaforth men with service numbers in the 2xxx series (from 2000 up to about 2500, if my memory serves me right) were largely English rather than Scottish, mostly from London.

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Thank you too headgardner!

Chris C

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Thank you folks for all your answers.

Chris C

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The 'Ross-shire Roll of Honour' records that he was serving in 'H' Co., and describes his civilian occupation as 'storekeeper'. His address is the same as that listed in 'Croydon & the Great War' (10 Epsom St.)

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