verdun Posted 27 January , 2018 Share Posted 27 January , 2018 Back in November, I started a thread about Percy Northcote, whose 1914 Star had been found during a house clearance. The man has two MICs, which say that he was a deserter and later served under a different name. Members of the GWF responded with helpful information. This included surviving documents that show he enlisted in the Middlesex militia in 1903 and transferred to the Norfolk Regiment the following year, 5th October 1904. The issuing of his Norfolk Regt. number (7263) seemed to fit perfectly with this date, as indicated in Paul Nixon's excellent Army Service Numbers guide. I therefore assumed that, because this number was allocated to the regular army Norfolk battalions, Percy Northcote must have moved into full-time military service from this point onwards... (His 1914 Star also bears the number 7263.) However, he appears in the 1911 Census, not as a soldier, but as a "Porter Civil Service". Moreover, British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969 show that in 1913 he was, indeed, employed as a porter. My question is, how could he have a regular army service number, but not be a regular? Also, directly above his name in the Postal Service Appointment book is the name Henry J. Northcott - which is exactly the same name as that which appears on his second MIC!!! Can anyone help unravel this mystery. The more I investigate this man, the more complicated the story becomes! Many thanks to all budding sleuths! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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