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Attestation into Milita

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shetland

I have a relative who attested into the 3rd Batt East Kent Militia or reserve in 1906 and the attestation papers are on Find My Past. By 1911 he was serving in the RGA in Malta and went on to serve all through WW1, was commissioned and eventually reached the rank of Major. I am unable to find any papers relating to the RGA service.  My questions are:

 

Was the service in the Militia full time or part time, similar to territorials:

What happened to service papers of men who went on to become commissioned, I understand about the burnt records but wondered if the service papers of who went on to become commissioned were kept elsewhere.

 

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Militia was part time - it became the special reserve in 1908.

 

Unlike the territorials who had their own role the militia/special reserve were intended to support the regular army when called upon.

 

Officer papers do survive at the national archives. It's not uncommon to see service records in with them so you may be lucky.

 

Craig

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