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Gregory Counsell

Lost information.  about the 70th {LXX)  Royal Field Artillery it seems that this Brigade was attached to the 15th Scottish and served in France... But 1917 onwards it seems to vanish.. were they attached to a different division or reformed and was there some other information as to what happened to them   War Diaries for the 70th seems to suddenly stop in mid 1917 for three/four Months. ? and then is vague...?

Would appreciate any input to clear up the mystery...

Greg

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Chris_Baker

See http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-royal-artillery-in-the-first-world-war/batteries-and-brigades-of-the-royal-field-artillery/lxx-lxxi-lxxii-and-lxiii-howitzer-brigades-of-the-royal-field-artillery-15th-divisional-artillery/

 

Not sure what you mean about the war diary being vague. It's as good as most other field artillery diaries. The months July to September 1917 are simply missing.

 

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Gregory Counsell

Thanks Chris

Not wishing to seem vague I was trying to discover what might be the reasons for missing period in war diaries... if not available to view... then asking if anyone knew the movement's of the 70th  RFA.....during the period between juke 1917  to Nov 1917.

The Long Long Trail indicates that the 70th remained with the 15th throughout the War....did it become part of another Brigade or a Brigade in its own right....?

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brianmorris547

Greg

The WD of the Commander RA 15 Div from July 1917 mentions 70 Brigade so it was under the orders of that Div. 

Brian

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Acknown

If anyone has the 70 Bde RFA WD, could you see if the award of a MM to 128274 Dvr Arthur Samuel Jerrard gets a mention (awarded 11 Apr 18)? What was A Bty up to that month?

Many thanks.

Acknown

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Trev

My relative, Sjt Joseph Hawkins 22718    

C Bty 70 Bde RFA was gazetted the MM on 2nd Nov 1917. Anyone have any idea on how I can find out what act of bravery he did to earn the medal 

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David Porter

Welcome to the Forum Trev,

 

It appears from his service record (on Ancestry and Findmypast) that the act of bravery occurred in September 1917.

Unfortunately, the War Diaries for July, August and September 1917 all seem to be missing from the National Archives.

You could try local newspapers to see if there is a write up.

 

 

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clk

Hi Trev,

 

Unlike some other medal awards (such as VCs, DSOs, MCs, DCMs) there is no known surviving central source for MM citations. There is some general advice on trying to research them here

 

Good luck.

Chris

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Trev

Thanks for the replies, I’ll keep looking!

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Trev

Found this on ancestry. Does anyone know if the first date is the date the medal was earned or signed for?

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charlie962

Neither I'm afraid. It is the date of the relevant Army Order  "A.O. 267 - IV - Presentation of Medals awarded for Gallant Conduct or Meritorious Service. " and thus is not specific to your case.

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charlie962

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