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On 12/05/2016 at 14:49, clk said:

Hi Harvey,

Looking at a couple of surviving service records for Royal West Kent men with near-ish numbers - G/18013 Durley, and G/18089 Cutting were allocated their respective (re)numbers when they were transferred from other regiments on 7th September 1916.

Hi mate, I know this thread has been dead for a while and I've been offline for a while too, but when looking on the following site  https://www.royalleicestershireregiment.org.uk/search/entities?action=search&attributeset=134&visibility=1&sort_field=title&sort_order=asc&a[soldier_surname][v]=&a[soldier_forenames][v]=&a[soldier_rank][v]=&a[soldier_army_number][v]=&q=G%2F  at service numbers similar to my GGF's once in the RWK so G/180XX, theres a sequence with quite a few men falling between G/18002, a Sgt Barnacle, to my GGF, G/18039, and that website is dedicated to the Leicesters. Alongside this in the RWK War Diary for the 10th Battalion on the 7th September, as you said, there is a draft listed as 50 Men from Leicester Territorial Regt. 

 

Due to these 2 reasons, would it be fair to assume that instead of my GGF being wounded and then transferred, he was instead part of a general draft to possibly strengthen up a unit? (The 10th RWK) The main reasoning is that this draft is listed solely as Leicesters, and no Leicester battalion went over the top during Gommecourt, due to their Brigade, the 138th, being kept in reserve. 

 

In saying that, both the 1/4th and 1/5th Leicesters spent a good amount of time in the line doing work, so between the 2 battalions it is easily possible that 50 men could have been wounded, recovered and transferred. My GGF was wounded during the war as a result of a bullet ricocheting off his spade and into his back while digging/working on a trench. (Around this period the 1/4th spent most of their time in the line working on trenches).

 

Sorry for such a huge comment after such a long time, but got excited at the development once looking back at war diaries and wondered if anyone could help?

 

Kindest regards and Many thanks,

Harvey

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Just in addition to the last post, the 10th RWK were 41st Division, 15th Corps, could explain why they needed a strengthening due to the later operations on the Somme in September? 

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