artyali Posted 1 February , 2018 Share Posted 1 February , 2018 My Gt Uncle John Cyril Caley ( 56th 1/2 London Rifles KIA 1/7/16) was originally trained as a stretcher bearer somewhere at a base in Suffolk during 1915 according to letters home. Then he was rifle/bayonet trained and ended up a rifleman on the front line at Gommecourt, Somme. was it usual for soldiers to enlist and train to do a specific job and then end up in front line fighting? Meaning, it appears from his letters, that he thought he was going to the battlefields as a stretcher bearer! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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