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John Henry Wilshaw - North Staffs

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Hello everyone,


I've done a deal of research on my Great Grandfather William Wilshaw was attested into the North Staffordshire Regiment on 30 August 1897 at 19 years and 9 months of age.  He went on to serve in South Africa was discharged in 1909 and then re-enlisted in 1914.  He served with the 7th Bn North Staffs in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia where he was wounded during the relief of Al Kut in April 1916 and evacuated to India.  Coincidentally his nephew Francis Thomas Wilshaw also served with the 7th Bn and I believe was also wounded at Al Kut.  I can assume, but cant confirm, that like his Uncle he was also evacuated to India.  William also had another brother called Albert Wilshaw who served with the 1st Bn North Staffs and was wounded at the first Ypres.


Thats the family background but I digress!


William had another brother called John Henry Wilshaw born abt 1883/4 in Fenton Stoke and who died in 1956.  I am trying to find out if he too served like 2 of his brothers and nephew in the Army, in particular the North Staffs.  There is no service record that fits his bill but there are 2 medal index cards for a John Henry Wilshaw in the North Staffs:


1st MIC = 13487 - 9 Bn N Staffs then 1st Bn and back to the 9th

2nd MIC = 46397 - 4th Bn N Staffs


I was wondering if some Army numbering expert could hazard an educated guess as to the date and perhaps location these numbers may have been issued.  This may give me a pointer if either of these 2 fit my John Henry Wilshaw's profile.


Many thanks for any assistance


Best wishes



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14387 - issued early September 1914

From SWB records(Ancestry):

14379  02.09.14

14395  02.09.14

14397  03.09.14

Service records:

14376  attested 01.09.14 Stafford, posted 11th Bn 28.11.14 Lichfield


46397 - issued June 1917


46381  19.06.17

46385  22.06.17

46388  22.06.17

Service records:

46409  26.07.17  Lincoln

46382  attested Matlock 29.11.15, posted 4th Bn 22.06.17 Derby



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If he is the John Henry Wilshaw married to Hannah who was living at 92 High St. Fenton in 1911 he was still there in 1939. DoB 25/9/1884.

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13487 Wilshaw JH  North Staffs was wounded (Casualty List 11/9/16)- Forces War Records has the Hospital Admission for the 31st Ambulance Train, although as 13489, showing it was a GSW right arm in Aug 1916. Unit given as 9th Bn. Unfortunately the CasList doesn't give home town.

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some great feedback here, very many thanks to MIke, Charlie and Mark

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