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Dazscuba

Looking at a gent who died in Mesopotamia in 1916

73602 GNR Peter McCoy 

D Bty, 55 Bde RFA

 

is there any war diaries or how can I find how he died?

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Dazscuba

Thanks for the above, can this be found on Ancestry or just NA?

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alf mcm

  'Soldiers Died in the Great War', on Ancestry, says that he 'died', meaning that he died of ilness rather than due to enemy action. The Register of Soldiers effects, on Ancestry {he has 2 records which is unusual} shows that he died at Amara.

  55 Bde War Diary is only available from T.N.A.

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

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clk

Hi,

 

Unfortunately, Ancestry don't have any diaries for Mesopotamia. They only have France/Flanders/Germany, and Gallipoli (from the divisional level down).

 

Regards

Chris

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Dazscuba

Theanks gents 

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ss002d6252

The two entry system is (mainly) a peculiarity of the section which was dealing with India and Mesopotamia - most of their records are split like this. In the vast majority of other theatres records they simply went back and added the war gratuity to the same page used for wages when the man died, section dealing with India and Mesopotamia created a new entry and simply cross reference them.

The other peculiarity for the section dealing with India and Mesopotamia is that they also note the amount of service gratuity paid (which can in these case assist in tying down enlistment alongside the war gratuity.) .

Craig

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charlie962

Looking at his entry date  2b 30/9/15 it coincides with 55 Bde leaving Gallipoli (29/9/15 ) and going to Salonika where they remained till Jan 1916.

Edit. The 10th Div moved but the artillery incl 55 Bde RFA remained at Suvla. See this thread on GWF.

They then joined 13th Division who were evacuated from Helles Jan 1916 to Port Said. From there 13th Div went to Mesopotamia to provide much needed reinforcements for the attempted Relief of Kut El Amara. The Brigade probably took part in the April 1916 last  (and very costly) efforts before the Kut garrison had to surrender 29/4/16.

 

Salonika and Mesopotamia had big losses due to sickness/disease which is presumably what got McCoy ? Could be anything from heatstroke to cholera.

 

If you read the War Diary please do correct me !

 

Charlie

Edited by charlie962

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alf mcm
1 hour ago, ss002d6252 said:

The two entry system is (mainly) a peculiarity of the section which was dealing with India and Mesopotamia - most of their records are split like this. In the vast majority of other theatres records they simply went back and added the war gratuity to the same page used for wages when the man died, section dealing with India and Mesopotamia created a new entry and simply cross reference them.

The other peculiarity for the section dealing with India and Mesopotamia is that they also note the amount of service gratuity paid (which can in these case assist in tying down enlistment alongside the war gratuity.) .

Craig

Thanks Craig,

   I hadn't come across 2 entries for the same person before.

 

Regards,

 

Alf McM

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