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Sapper Tertius Benjamin Bales 121336 R.E.

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I am trying to get information on the above soldier born 2 July 1898 in Cambridge and served in the Royal Engineers. He has not showed up on WW1 Service or pension records I have only found him on an MIC, which only shows the standard victory and war medals. So he must have served abroad. However on the MIC there is no date of entry abroad. As he has an very unusual christian name, I thought he would be easy to find. Has anybody any Ideas? He has not turned up on the posts for 'Royal Engineers sick and wounded 1916'.

He was the son of Benjamin Baldwin Bales a music teacher in Cambridge. His older brother Sapper Cyril Baldwin Bales (REG NO. W.R. 203534) born in 1896 in Cambridge was also in the Royal Engineers in a Railway Troops Depot and he enlisted 19 July 1916 and was discharged 28 Feb 1919 and had a silver war badge B133648 and had previously served in the following units London Regt. 5030., Middx Regt. 422764., Labour Corps. 163848., Royal Engineers. 282840. Spr.

 

 

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wandererpaul

Nothing extra written on the Medal rolls either......

 

If it’s him, he travelled to Africa quite a bit, Kenya, Nigeria & Tanzania, little else service wise though on FMP or Ancestry.

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Terry_Reeves

His number shows he attested in late September /early October 1915. Men with these numbers appear to have gone to a variety of different units.

 

TR

 

 

Edited by Terry_Reeves

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MaxD

Not that it adds anything but the lack of entry date means he served overseas after the end of 1915, the date entry was related to the 1914 or 1914/1915 Star entitlement.

 

Max

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Stebie9173

I checked the MOD list in case he had service in WW2 but he his name isn't listed. His brother is, though.

 

Account: 11001

ItemCode: AOP000242753

Object: File

Service Number: P310644

Service Number: NULL

Name: BALES CB

UDF2: NULL

UDF4: NULL

Date of Birth: 1896-01-02

Section of MOD file download: 1 of 8
 

Cyril served as an officer with the Army Cadet Force between 1944 and 1945 according to the London Gazette:

 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36457/supplement/1604

 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37376/supplement/5935

 

 

Steve.

 

 

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researchingreg
On 6 May 2018 at 11:51, Stebie9173 said:

I checked the MOD list in case he had service in WW2 but he his name isn't listed. His brother is, though.

 

Account: 11001

ItemCode: AOP000242753

Object: File

Service Number: P310644

Service Number: NULL

Name: BALES CB

UDF2: NULL

UDF4: NULL

Date of Birth: 1896-01-02

Section of MOD file download: 1 of 8
 

Cyril served as an officer with the Army Cadet Force between 1944 and 1945 according to the London Gazette:

 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36457/supplement/1604

 

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37376/supplement/5935

 

 

Steve.

Thanks for the information on his brother. Tertius became a civil servant and was in the colonial service during the 1930's and was in Africa in WW2 and in the 1950's. I think he became head of the post office in Kenya, before retiring. His wife Audrey (who was brought up with my father) shared digs with my mother for some time when she was driving for the Air Ministry in WW2. I was interested in his WW1 service.

Thanks Geoff

 

 

 

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S41nT

Sorry I'm late, but Tertius was my Great Grandfather. His son Michael Graham Bales is my grandfather (only child).

Tertius ended up living in Kenya (I think) and predeceased his wife by a few years - I think he possibly died in the late 60's or 70's.

 

Benjamin Baldwin Bales was the organist in Norwich. I have relocated to the area and if you have nay information of him then I would be very grateful

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researchingreg
19 minutes ago, S41nT said:

Sorry I'm late, but Tertius was my Great Grandfather. His son Michael Graham Bales is my grandfather (only child).

Tertius ended up living in Kenya (I think) and predeceased his wife by a few years - I think he possibly died in the late 60's or 70's.

 

Benjamin Baldwin Bales was the organist in Norwich. I have relocated to the area and if you have nay information of him then I would be very grateful

i remember meeting Tertius (He was known as Turfy to us) His son Michael Graham was known as Graham to us and I have a short movie of Graham, my sister and myself in my Grandmothers garden in Shelford. Tertius's wife Lily Ellen Audrey Fordham (Known to us as Audrey) was brought up by my Grandparents William and Lily King as an older sister to my father, as her father (one of my Grandmothers brother's by the name of George Frederick Fordham your Great Great Grandfather, who was a private M2/114315 in the ASC). He was invalided out of the Army in 1916 and his wife (Audrey's mother ) Ellen Rose Gibson died in 1917. So he could not cope with his only daughter. 

 

I have George Fordham's 1914-1915 Medal.

 

I hope this information is useful.

 

 

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S41nT

That is unbelievably informative, thank you!

 

Is there any way I could persuade you to send me that video? I am certain it would be about the oldest video existing of my grandfather and would interest him very greatly.

 

He still goes by Graham (or Gray) and lives in Howick, South Africa (an hour west of Durban). I have his father's medal from The War. He is the last living descendant of that line of Bales - Tertius had 2 brothers and two sisters; they had two boys between the two of them that died young. My grandmother (Elizabeth Ann Jenkins) and grandfather had a boy who died young too.

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