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Benjamin Stephen Tomlin was Trooper 2708 in the Leicestershire Yeomanry. he went to France with the Yeomanry on 14.3.15 and was killed in action on 13.5.15.

Comparing his service number with other Leicestershire Yeomanry soldiers whose Service Records have survived, unlike that of Benjamin Tomlin, it would seem that he enlisted between September 1914 (when no. 2268 enlisted) and the end of February 1915, or thereabouts (no. 3086 enlisted on 20 March 1915). The puzzle is that Benjamin has been identified in in old photo of a Yeomanry church parade at Melton Mowbray in 1911.

Could the number 2708 be a re-enlistment number, signifying an agreement to serve overseas?

Benjamin also served in the Prince of Wales' Light Horse in the Second Boer War as Trooper 25949 between 4th January and 13th July 1901, so he would not have been a raw recruit in 1914.

Any thoughts on this one would be very gratefully received.


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how old was he when he died ? I know some old soldiers in the Coldstream (for example) got their old numbers back

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