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Edgar Travis in the royal army service corps


Luca

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Hi All

 

I'm looking for the record of my friends grandfather. He was called Edgar Travis and served the royal army service corps during ww1. I've found a medal index card for who I believe to be him his number was T/30384. What I was wondering was what does '8th du of s' I'm guessing its the 8th Duke of ..... but not really sure what the s is for. If any one knows what battalion this is and could provide information (e.g. where they served) or photos of them it would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks Luca 

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I didn't quite follow, Luca, if your friend's GF was definitely T/30384 (ie he has medals or papers) or if you are guessing on the basis that it is the only Medal Index Card for Edgar Travis Army Service Corps ?

Charlie

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23 minutes ago, charlie962 said:

perhaps 8th Divisional Unit of Supply ?

or more likely 8th Depot Unit of Supply

 

Charlie

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Charlie is correct. Written on top of page of his 1914 Star Medal Roll.

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How do you know he was in the ASC?

There was another Edgar (F.) Travis, of Sheffield,  in the ASC, M/401705, whose service record survives.

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Don't think ASC was prefixed Royal until after the war?

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8 hours ago, johnboy said:

Don't think ASC was prefixed Royal until after the war?

Some point in late 1918 according to LLT but off the top of my head I did think 1920ish.


Craig

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9 hours ago, johnboy said:

Don't think ASC was prefixed Royal until after the war?

December 1918.

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He was from Manchester so probably not that on that was listed as from Sheffield. Does anyone have any information on the 8th depot unit.

 

Thanks Luca 

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Depot Unit of Supply:

 

I have only found so far , 3 references to this term in Michael Young's book.

393,394 & 400 Depot Units of Supply- Lines of Communication Troops involved in the Russian campaign. War Diaries at Kew WO95/5432.

I've not come across the term before, and don't know what they were or did.

Presumably there were another 397 DU of S's in the British Army.

 

Sorry, can't help further, but I would like to know again, how you're certain that your man is definitely T /30384 ?

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If you search the National Archive - Discovery website for " Depot Unit Supply " , you will get a hit of around 150 Medal Index cards of men in such companies.

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=Depot Unit Supply&_p=1900&_ps=60

Very few in the same companies though- were they very small units?

Several are overseas- Mesopotamia etc.

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