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Charles Campbell Stafferton at the age of 19 on the 8th August 1911 enlisted in the Royal Tank Corps (RTC) as a private, regiment number 533543. (attached)

But his Medal Index card (attached) for WW1 shows that he was a private in the 7th Hussars, regiment number 7594.

On the 11th October 1924, at the age of 32, he enlisted in the Royal Tank Corps again with regiment number 533543. (attached)

I find this rather confusing as surely the RTC did not exist in 1911. Can anyone please throw any light on this please?

Also has anyone any ideas about Charles Campbell Stafferton’s involvement in WW1 in the 7th Hussars?

Charles C Stafferton Enlisted Royal Tank Corps 1911 Aged 19.docx

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Charles Campbell Stafferton Enlisted Royal Tank Corps 1924.docx

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Hi, you're quite right that the Royal Tank Corps didn't exist in 1911! If you look at the original records rather than the transcripts there is a lot more detail, and while this isn't easy to interpret, it shows he originally enlisted in the 7th Hussars on Aug 8, 1911.

John

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As already mentioned, the RTC did not exist in 1911 and he must have joined the Hussars and later transferred to the RTC. The MIC shows his first unit as the 7th Hussars.

The medal roll from 1919 for the BWM & VM show him as still serving with 7th Hussars.

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Hi, you're quite right that the Royal Tank Corps didn't exist in 1911! If you look at the original records rather than the transcripts there is a lot more detail, and while this isn't easy to interpret, it shows he originally enlisted in the 7th Hussars on Aug 8, 1911.

John

Hi John,

Many thanks for your comment. I have checked the original records as you suggested and have lots more information to work on now. Seems to have served for about 14 years in total. Must check now as to what he was doing in India!!

Regards,

John

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As already mentioned, the RTC did not exist in 1911 and he must have joined the Hussars and later transferred to the RTC. The MIC shows his first unit as the 7th Hussars.

The medal roll from 1919 for the BWM & VM show him as still serving with 7th Hussars.

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Hi Jerry,

Many thanks for your response. I have checked the actual records and see that he originally enlisted in the 7th Hussars on 8th August 1911 and then moved between the 7th and the 3rd Hussars whilst serving in India from 1912 to 1917 and then later Meso (presumably Mesopotamia) from November 1917.

Regards,

John

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Hi Jerry,

Many thanks for your response. I have checked the actual records and see that he originally enlisted in the 7th Hussars on 8th August 1911 and then moved between the 7th and the 3rd Hussars whilst serving in India from 1912 to 1917 and then later Meso (presumably Mesopotamia) from November 1917.

Regards,

John

Sounds interesting John and good that so much of his records seem to have survived.

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Sounds interesting John and good that so much of his records seem to have survived.

Hi Jerry,

Yes good news on the record front. Charles was discharged after 12 years and 119 days service on 14 December 1923. He then re-enlisted on 11th October 1924 for 2 years service in Section D Army Reserve finally being discharged on 10th October 1926. He lived until he was 87!!

Regards,

John

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