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Edgar Vincent Riches - info please ?


andrewdavidlong
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Please can anyone help me provide me with any more information about Private Edgar Vincent Riches. He was my grandmothers first husband. 

 

He served in 8th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment and was killed on 4 October 1917 in the Zonnebeke region of Belgium. 205182 was his enlistment number. Edgar doesn't have a grave, his name is shown on a wall at Tyne Cot cemetery.

 

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His war gratuity was paid for 12 months or less qualifying service at the time of his death.


Craig

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Looking at the Medal Rolls it would suggest that he was missing presumed killed in action on the 4th October 1917. The photo shows a soldier wearing a Royal North Devon (Hussars) Yeomanry cap badge, collar badge and shoulder title but no other regiment is listed on the Medal Rolls for Edgar which may suggest he served with the NDH prior to hostilities or prior to going overseas. 

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The records are a bit rough regarding what remains but it certainly looks like he was a Hussar first

 

#205176 was transferred from the Royal North Devon Hussars in (possibky) July 1917 (enlisted as a Hussar in Oct 16 as #3025)
#205187 was transferred from the Royal North Devon Hussars in July 1917
#205198 was transferred from the Royal North Devon Hussars on unknown date (enlisted as a Hussar in Nov 14 as #2287)

 

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Hi,

 

Soldiers Died says that he enlisted in Birmingham.

 

Your grandmother appears to have contacted the Red Cross in the hope that he had been taken PoW.

 

The Battalion war diary is here at the National Archives. The 7 Division HQ (General Staff) and 20 Infantry Brigade HQ diaries will probably give you more context to the entries in the battalion diary. The diaries are also available on Ancestry. It also has various genealogical type records for Edgar, and a number of "public trees".

 

He doesn't appear to have a surviving Soldier's Will, nor a service file.

 

Regards

Chris

 

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