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Richard Trevethan - 6th South Lancs 1914-16


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I am researching Richard Michael Trevethan, who was commissioned as Temporary 2nd Lt in the 6th Service Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment on 22 Sept 1914. His MIC shows that he landed in France on 14 March 1915, and that he was at Gallipoli in 1915.

 

As far as I can gather, 6th S Lancs went on to Mesopotamia after Gallipoli and were there until at least 1917. Yet Trevethan was admitted to 7 General  Hospital at Boulogne on 10 July 1916, after being shot in the thigh on 7 July. 6th South Lancs were nowhere near France at this time.

 

Can anybody cast any light on the way in which officers may have moved between units during this time? Transfers to another Battalion? In April 1916 he was reported as '2nd Lieut. 6th Service Batt. S.Lancs Regt currently acting as Signalling Officer to the 4th (Reserve) Brigade in Shropshire.' Were officers routinely seconded to other units around this time and, if so, did they keep their 'mother' unit name as a matter of course?

 

Needle in a hay stack probably, but I would be delighted to find out what he was doing when he was wounded, and even where or with whom....

 

Most grateful for any thoughts - however whacky!

 

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It wasn't too unusual for officers to be attached to other battalions/regiments as and when required.

It may that the only way you'll find out for sure what happened with him is to get is officers record.

Craig 

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Many thanks Craig

 

I have his RAF record - I expect that I will indeed have to bite the bullet and seek his Army one.

 

Richard

 

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I had a search for his record at TNA but couldn't find one. If one turns up let me know the reference (best by PM) and I can scan it for you. I'm up there a fair bit

Cheers John 

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Thanks John - I'll happily bear that in mind...

I'll keep digging!

Richard

 

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He's listed as 6 SLR in the 1915 Army List but I can't locate him in subsequent years in any SLR Battalion

 

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I can't see him referenced in mhy transcription of 6 SLR Diary for July 1915 to December 1917 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kuy6ra45eu0cypg/SLR - 6 Bn - War Diary V2.pdf?dl=0

 

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Gold dust! Thanks very much Stephen. I've managed to track him down to 8th SLR - he is named in the War Diary in April 1916; 8 SLR's activities during the Battle of Albert fit with the date of Trevethan's wound. I can only assume that he returned to 6 SLR after this, and that is why his MIC and RAF records always refer to him as a 6SLR man.

 

I am having fun trying to track his movements in the Gallipoli campaign. His MIC mentions Gallipoli, and his (much) later correspondence with Clement Atlee suggests that was there with Atlee.  Trevethan's RAF casualty card indicates that he was admitted to 15GH Alexandria as a 'doubtful enteric' on 10 July 1915  presumably this results from illness during the voyage, but I have found nothing to indicate that he set foot in Gallipoli. I can see from the diary that 6SLR disembarked at Mudros on 2 July, so he could have gone sick shortly after landing? On 10 September 1915 he was admitted to hospital in Malta, where he stayed before embarking for England on 18 Sept. So he could have been back in Gallipoli during the  August fighting? I can only assume that he remained in England until he joined 8SLR in France on 5 April 1916. Does that make sense?

 

Richard

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Richard

 

My apologies - I have just gone over the 8th Bn Army List for 1916 and there he is in their list of 2nd Lts. 

 

 

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Stephen

Thanks once again - not remotely for you to apologise! 

The Diary entry for 10 August '15 makes chilling reading.

Richard

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Yes, especiaally the casualty list

 

If you can PM me an email address, I'll send you the full Army Lists for SLR

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