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George Henry Backer G/68709


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Hi All,

George was killed on 22/08/1918.  I'm trying to find who he was serving with at the time and there seems to be contradictions between 1/24 RF and an unspecified Bttn of RWS.    Can anyone help work this out? Here's the evidence:-

CWGC - Private BACKER, GEORGE HARRY Service Number G/68709 Died 22/08/1918 Aged 18 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) posted to 1st/24th Bn London Regiment Son of Henry and Elizabeth Backer, of 23, Theodore St., Ardwick, Manchester.

 

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Manchester Treasurers Dept Roll says he had been a in Rflm KRRC

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Name:

George Harry Backer

Birth Place:

Manchester, Lancs

Residence:

Ardwick, Lancs

Death Date:

22 Aug 1918

Death Place:

France and Flanders

Enlistment Place:

Manchester

Rank:

Private

Regiment:

Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

Battalion:

1st 24th Battalion

Regimental Number:

G/68700

Type of Casualty:

Killed in action

Theatre of War:

Western European Theatre

Father was Porter Cotton Goods in 1911.

Name:

George Harry Backer

Age in 1911:

11

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1900

Relation to Head:

Son

Gender:

Male

Birth Place:

Manchester, Lancashire, England

Civil Parish:

South Manchester

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County/Island:

Lancashire

Country:

England

Street address:

23 Theodore St Manchester

Occupation:

School

Registration district:

Chorlton

RoSE £3 WG to Father 1/24th RWS

Name:

George Henry Backer

Military Year:

1914-1920

Rank:

Private

Medal Awarded:

British War Medal and Victory Medal

Regiment or Corps:

Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

Regimental Number:

G/68709

Previous Units:

1/24th Lond. G/68709 Pte

RWS Bttn not specified.Adjoining Roll Nos with 2/4th & 7th RWS.

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Manchester Evening News  25 September 1918 has George serving in the London Regiment. Find my Past has the paper, which has a  small photo of George.

 

Bob

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Thanks Bob,

FMP searches are crazy and I hadn't found that.  There were numerous London Regiment casualties killed on 22/8/1918, including a large group with G (General Service) Numbers where their 1st Regiment is noted as Queens RWS.  I suspect George was badged as Queens, but attached to 1/24th Londons.  I'll have a look at the War Diary.

Tim

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