Margaret Anne Posted 20 May , 2016 Share Posted 20 May , 2016 Hello there, this is my first post, so I do hope I am posting in the right place! I am hoping someone will be able to help me find out my grandfathers history during his service in the Coldstream Guards/Royal Artillery during WW1. I have quite a bit of information to go on, but I am unsure about the order of his service in the Army. What I have so far:- My Grandfather's name was Frank Nicholls born 09 April 1889. My father (who is now 88 and may have got things a little muddled), believes his father was a Coldstream Guard who signed up voluntary before WW1 began. Dad thinks his father came out of the Coldstream Guards to marry his mother in 1914 (I have them on my family tree with a marriage date of 08 June 1914), but then he was conscripted back into the Army with the onset of the war. Dad says that Grandad was signed up into the York and Lancaster Regiment of the Royal Artillery. I have Grandads Allied Victory Medal and it is inscripted on the rim with his name, regiment and service number. The service number is 179398 1st Battalion, Y. & L., Private F. Nicholls. Dad says Grandad also got the Mons Star and the British War Medal Dad is unsure as to whether Grandad was given a new service number when signing into the Y. & L. or if he kept the same service number he was given in the Coldstream Guards. Grandad was drafted out to France, it must have been 1914 as and he fought in the Battle of Mons where he got shot in his left shoulder. A sniper shot at grandad and a 'dum-dum' bullet as my dad refers to it, ripped the muscle out of Grandads shoulder. He was in convalescence but then he was discharched as unfit for service. He returned home, but I'm not sure how soon he was sent home. I wondered if there would be any record of my Grandad being wounded/hospital records/discharge records and if so, where would I be able to find them. I have a feeling that dad may have got the story the wrong way around, i.e. I think Grandad may have been in the Royal Artillery York and Lancaster before being a Coldstream Guard. Would my grandfather have kept his Service Record Book on being discharged, or would it have been retained by the British Army and is there any way I could get a copy of the record book. The reason I think grandad was a Coldstream Guard later, is because I remember Granny telling me she used to go to London to watch the changing of the Guards and I'm sure she said Grandad was one of the Guards. I have an old tatty photo of my Grandad in his Coldstream Guard uniform, he has a star shape badge on his collar and a chevron shape stripe on his left sleeve with what looks to be two swords crossed above the chevron. I wonder if anyone could tell me if these have anything to do with what rank he might have been in the Coldstream Guards. I have attached the photo below. Any ideas, thoughts, comments would be most appreciated. Kind Regards, Margaret p.s. sorry I think I may have posted before the photo attached! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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