Clear Bell Posted 27 January , 2018 Share Posted 27 January , 2018 Hi Have been researching this soldier who before being commissioned to 5th battalion of the Manchester Regiment might have been a sergeant in the 16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles) with the number 5507. Not surprised that I can't trace anything about him in the QWR war diary because of his rank, but there's no reference to him in th WD for the Manchesters either (his number was 552474). That he served with them is clear from Soldiers' Effects, his MIC, and London University's "Roll of Honour" which gives his dod as 27 March 1918. But is it usual for there to be no reference to a new officer joining of a battalion or going missing before being deemed to have been killed? Is the Manchester's WD just another instance of the confusion and difficulties of accurately recording what happened during the first week of the 1918 Spring Offensive? The War Office weekly casualty lists mention him as missing 23 April 1918, but nothing appears in that month's record in WD Might I be looking in the wrong WD? Any help appreciated as always. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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