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When did this RFA soldier join, War Gratuity

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Dragoon

Hello good people of the Forum

Could someone be kind enough please, to let me know when roughly this chap joined.

His name ; Alfred Richard John Clark

Number ; 107834

Rank ; Gnr

Unit : C Bty, 170th Bde RFA

Died 5/12/17

Orchard Dump Cemetery

War Gratuity £13,0s, 0d

To his father, Richard, £5, 14s, 7d

 

Any other information on this soldier would be greatly received also.

 

Your time and help, as always, is greatly appreciated.

 

Chris

 

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Langdon

 

According to Forum member Craig's invaluable gratuity calculator, Alfred enlisted in or around March 1915.

 

Mike

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Dragoon

Thanks Mike, appreciated, good old Craig's calculator!

 

Chris

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ss002d6252
53 minutes ago, Dragoon said:

Thanks Mike, appreciated, good old Craig's calculator!

 

Chris

I think I've put myself out a job now !:P

 

Craig

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Dragoon

Ha ha.

It is appreciated that you have shared your gratuity calculator, its a fantastic resource! I will learn how to use it one day!!! Cheers

 

Chris

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10 minutes ago, Dragoon said:

Ha ha.

It is appreciated that you have shared your gratuity calculator, its a fantastic resource! I will learn how to use it one day!!! Cheers

 

Chris

Feel free - invoices will be issued later ...

I'm glad it's of use - the effects records are too good a resource not to use.

 

Craig

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David Porter

107726 joined No. 3 Depot. RFA, Hilsea on 19-08-15
108220 joined No. 3 Depot. RFA, Hilsea on 17-09-15

Albert was between these, therefore March 1915 is a little too early in my estimation.

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ss002d6252

His war gratuity was paid for 34 months so if the RA number was allocated in Aug/Sep 15 he had 5-6 months or so service prior that under another number.

 

Craig

 

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Dragoon

Thanks chaps, shame no service record :-(, or not that I can find anyway

 

Chris

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charlie962

War Diary (link is to Ancestry) for that day says:

 

C/170 shelled by 8" Howitzer during afternoon. 1 direct hit on signallers dug-out killing 1 NCO, 4 men.

 

The war diary also has names for these casualties, incl ARJ Clark

 

Charlie

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Dragoon

You're a star Charlie, thank you so much for the information! Greatly appreciated. I didn't think of looking at the Wyke Regis memorial.

Thanks again

Chris

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Dragoon

Thank you again Mike, David, Craig and Charlie for your input on this one.

Just read the War Diary, its quite moving knowing how Alfred died, sat in his dug out with 4 others, talking, smoking, trying to keep warm. Next second, gone.

I looked up on find a  grave .com and found a photo of Alfred's grave in the Orchard dump cemetery. What was quite moving was that the four soldiers Alfred died with and are listed on the war diary, are buried side by side with him, lump to the throat!

Thanks again

Chris

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Dragoon

Hello good people of the forum.

Just coming back to my old post here, as I'm printing off some docs regarding this soldier.

I've just taken on board he died aged 19.

Craig's calculator has him enlisting in March 1915!

So he must have lied about his age.

Shame his records haven't survived, it would be interesting to see what DOB he had given.

Cheers all

 

Chris 

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Dragoon

I wonder, if possible, if someone could please check I read Alfred's war gratuity correctly.

I haven't at the moment a means to check it myself.

Thank you in advance for your time.

 

Chris 

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