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Military Provost Staff Corps


Michael Arbon
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Does anyone know a website that had the history of this Corps? My granddad, Bertie Arbon was a P.T. instructor and Staff Sergeant in this Corps from 1912 - 1920.

Does anyone know a source of the history of this Corps? How can I find which medals Bertie was awarded?

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Hi Michael,

 

Welcome to the forum,

 

The medal roll records show that Bertie was awarded the 1914 Star medal (arriving in theatre on 29th September 1914), together with the British War and Victory medals. His service record also shows that he was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

 

The regiment has a website here, which has a brief history. If you wanted something specific perhaps you could see what they have in their shop, or contact their museum.

 

Regards

Chris

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thank you for the information concerning Bertie Arbon (my great grandfather) here are a couple of photos of hm in uniform. and this is the information which we have received from the Suffolk regimental museum

Bertie Arbon

Enlisted in Suffolk Regiment (no. 5315) from the Militia on 2 June 1899. 

Battalion after initial training at the Depot at Bury St Edmunds

.stOctober 1899 posted to 1

Battalion, ‘C’ Company.nd15 March 1901 transferred to 2

22 March 1907 promoted Lance/Corporal.

3 May 1910 transferred to the Depot.

1 December 1911 promoted Corporal.

27 June 1912 transferred to the Military Provost Staff Corps (no. 1529).

22 November 1913 promoted Sergeant.

29 September 1914 went out to France.

14 December 1916 promoted Staff Sergeant.

1 April 1918 awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

5 July 1920 final discharge.

 

 

His movements were as follows;

2.6.1899 – 14.3.1901: home

15.3.1901 – 27.12.1907: India, Burma and Aden

28.12.1907 – 28.9.1914: home

29.9.1914 – 25.3.1918: France

26.3.1918 – 17.3.1919: home

18.3.1918 – 26.8.1919: France

27.8.1919 – 5.7.1920; home

Bertie 1899 aged 18.jpg

bertie and mabel.jpg

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I think there may have been some misunderstandings. The Military Provost Staff Corps were not the Military Police. They were the staff of the military prisons and similar establishments. The history is here:

http://www.army.mod.uk/agc/provost/31927.aspx

They were formed in 1901 (I think) as the Military Prison Staff Corps and became the Military  Provost Staff Corps in 1909. They became part of the Adjutant General's Corps in 1992.

 

RM

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Thanks RM.

 

I didn't appreciate the difference, but it does make more sense of his service record. It shows that on 7th October 1914 he arrived for duty at No. 2 Prison, Rouen.

 

Regards

Chris

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That's interesting. No. 1 Prison was at Blargies North Camp, where they had a mutiny. Does anyone know where No. 2 Prison was?

RM

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'Accommodating the King's Hard Bargain: Military Detention in the Australian Army 1914-1947' by Graham Wilson also mentions No 3 Le Havre, No 4 Abancourt, No 5 Les Attaques, No 7 Les Attaques (sic), No 10 Dunkirk and No 11 Audruicq.  No info on nos 6, 8 or 9.

 

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With reference to the wedding photo on Sarah6262's posting, can any one please tell me the significance of the crossed swords above his L/Cpl chevron and the two chevrons on his left cuff?

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Crossed swords - Assistant Physical Training Instructor.

Good Conduct Chevrons left arm - 8 years Good Conduct.

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No problem Michael - no one learns without asking and we all learn from this site as others pose questions and others reply.

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