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Private/Bandsman, 7182, Arthur Roderick O'Connor, Royal Munster Fusiliers

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cherylo

I have established that Arthur O'Connor was with this unit at Etreux, as his name appears on an army service numbers list

for captured servicemen and ICRC records for POW's. I have been unable to locate (as yet) which camp he was sent to in Germany, or if he

survived the war. On searching the Long, Long Trail, realise that this might prove difficult to establish.

I an effort to further understand conditions for these men, I am currently reading Report on the Transport of British

POWs into Germany and Wilkinson's British prisoners of War in First World War Germany, but feel that knowing

the particular camp he was sent to, would provide more focus for my reading.

 

Would appreciate any information, or suggestions as to where I might try next, or any information about Bandsmen

serving at this time. Many thanks, cherylo

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Jervis

Hi

His medal records provide the answers. 

Bandsman Arthur Roderick O’Connor entered the theatre of war - 13/08/1914. 

He was a POW at Senne camp. He survived the war and was demobilised on 31/03/1920. 

 

I did brief search for his pow records on this Site  but could not find them. 

I would suggest a more thorough search using variations of “O’Connor” spelling will probably locate his records.

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cherylo

Hi,

 

Many thanks for this information, especially the camp. 

Will have another look for his record.

 

cherylo

 

 

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clk

Hi cherylo,

 

A brief description...

 

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Image sourced from archive.org

 

Regards

Chris

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Jervis

It is very likely (assuming O’Connor was Irish ) that he was moved from Senne to Limburg. The Germans began to concentrate Irish POW’s together in Limburg in late 1914, in a failed attempt to enlist Irish soldiers to the German cause. 

 

There is a very good website   on the subject by a GWF member 

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cherylo

Hello,

 

With the suggestions provided, have now located print out for WWI Service Medals and Award Rolls, so thanks for this and the description for Sennelager.

Don't know if he had an Irish background, but Arthur was born in the Parish of St Saviour in Surrey on 25 May 1887 and appears on the 1911 Census at

Jellalabad Barracks, Tidworth, in Wiltshire, with the Munsters.

 

As a Bandsman, what would he have been required to do in France? Were these privates required to serve with everyone else?

 

In reading about Etreux, the name Captain Jervis cropped up a number of times. Is there a connection?

 

Thanks

Cheryl

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MaxD

As he then was, Captain Herbert Jervis was a company commander in 2nd Battalion Munsters taken prisoner on 27 August 1914 who was repatriated in August 1918.  He later became Lieutenant Colonel.

 

Bandsmen were employed, within their own battalion normally, as stretcher bearers and in other duties assisting the medics.

 

Max

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corisande
On 09/05/2019 at 13:53, Jervis said:

It is very likely (assuming O’Connor was Irish ) that he was moved from Senne to Limburg. The Germans began to concentrate Irish POW’s together in Limburg in late 1914, in a failed attempt to enlist Irish soldiers to the German cause.  

 

There is a very good website   on the subject by a GWF member 

 

 

I never did discover any complete lists of Irish POWs arriving at Limburg as part of the Casement process of recruitment. Apart from the few that joined the Irish Brigade, it was only very few others who were mentioned in the various bits of correspondence

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Posted (edited)

Capt Jervis' POW record is here:https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/217542/3/2/

 

Added - Herbert Swynfen Jervis commissioned into the Munsters 16 Feb 1898 (Army list)  Married 1907 in India, born in Weston super Mare 1879, father Colonel ex Munster Fusiliers.  The war diary has a personal account of the rearguard action at Etreux by Captain Gower.

 

 

Max

 

Edited by MaxD

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Jervis
On 15/05/2019 at 06:34, cherylo said:

 

In reading about Etreux, the name Captain Jervis cropped up a number of times. Is there a connection?

 

 

Hi Cheryl.

No. There is no connection to me. Not officer material. :D

 

 

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