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Steve hiscox

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A guywho I'm working with told me that he has been unable to find any information on this soldier who is his grandfather.

He would love to be able to unearth a photo of him as they don't have any..I said that if anybody can unearth something it would be on this site. 

Regards Steve 

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Hi Steve,

Well, to start, He is as you say, Gnr. John Williams, Royal Garrison Artillery.

His medal Index card shows date of enlistment as  11th December 1915, but that he was discharged through sickness or injury on 19th December 1918.

Earlier in the war, he would have applied for a Silver War Badge.

Whether he did so, I don't know, but as the war was over, there was no purpose in having one anyway.

 

The good news is that his service records have survived and can be seen here  (but there's not an awful lot in them):

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Find my past has the following records for him. I note there are 2 versions of service record- attestation dated and discharge dated. Worth checking both sets. May be a lot of duplication but you never know.

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Give us the names of the batteries he served in per the service record and maybe someone has a battery photo?

 

Charlie

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Does not look though he was mobilised until March 1918 and did not serve overseas.

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30 minutes ago, charlie962 said:

Give us the names of the batteries he served in per the service record and maybe someone has a battery photo?

 

Looks like 'A' battery, 2 SA Res. Bde (Presumably 2nd South African Reserve Brigade?) RGA.

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Thanks for all the info. I'll pass this onto him.

Steve 

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Hi Steve,

I have received information from an impeccable source, who tells me that SARB, stands for Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade, nothing to do with South Africa!

Apologies.

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Yes it's saying A bty 2nd S. A. Reserve brigade.  Hope this helps. 

Regards Steve hiscox 

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2nd Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade seems to have been based at Catterick in 1918 and provided training (specialists incuded) for the RGA.

Charlie

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Many thanks guys

Steve 

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