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William H Covill Coldstream Guards 23238


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I am looking for service, MIC records on William Henry Covill born 1899  Old Town Croydon Surrey. My step grandfather surname as I have found on census records have been spelt incorrectly Covel, Covil, Covell. I have found  military record on Ancestry dated 1919 when he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards from I believe the London Regiment 496202 but I am not sure if this regiment number was used. I would be interested in any photographs of the 2nd Battalion from WW1 


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I can't find him at the National Archives MIC records under either number.

Are you sure he would have served overseas, what was his DoB, was he old enough?

The IWM has a number of photos of 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards on their site (others mixed in with this search) https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=2+AND+Guards+AND+Coldstream&pageSize=15&filters[webCategory][photographs]=on&filters[periodString][First+World+War]=on



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there is a record on Ancestry HERE


Name:William Henry Covill


Birth Date:abt 1900


Document Year:1916

Residence Place:100 Old Town, Croydon

Regimental Number:23238

Regiment Name:London Regiment

3rd image shows t/f to Guards 6/4/18



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1900 Baptism


William Henry Covill



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Thanks David, Jonbean for your information great help, But I do find it strange that there are no other records apart from the ones on Ancestry. The reason I ask about the MIC is that my grandfather suffered terribly with extremely bad trench foot. There was also a number of trench art artifacts that  use to be in my nan house that I use to play with when I was a small boy. 

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what other records do you think you might find?


cant see that he qualified for ww1 medals , the 5th btn served at home and he went to the 2nd after the war ended- trench foot could have been the winter of 1918/19 

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