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Royal Army Veterinary corps

Rob kingston

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Hello forum

I would like some help please in finding out more information relating to my late grandfather.

I did not get the pleasure of meeting him as he died long before my birth. Both my parents have since passed, leaving no other avenues beyond my siblings. They too know nothing.

The only information I have is a Silver war badge notification, A unit location and his sketchy discharge details purchased from the National archives at Kew.

The information I have is as follows

Henry George Bond 

Awarded silver war badge and a medal (I only hold the notification for the swb)

Attached to; Royal Army Veterinary corps (Woolwich) 

3 units existed (Home and 2 mobile - 3rd cavalry and 7th division)

I am not sure where to go next to find which unit he was in. I have read the journey of both units. 

His discharge notice states (para 392 xx1) as reason. Which indicates to me he assisted in either France or Belgium initially. Can anyone guide me to where I may find this paragraph please. Or let me know if they know the meaning behind it.

I know he was either, in and out of institutions or remained within for the rest of his days. Passing in the 50’s

I appreciate it is a big ask, but if anyone can It will be greatly received.

kind regards 






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Hi Rob

Welcome to the forum

According to the SWB roll he enlisted on 30 Apr 1917 and Discharged on 5 Jul 1818 aged 31. His service number was 27572 Army Veterinary Corps.

He would qualify for a British war medal and a Victory Medal with that service.

There are Pension papers on Ancestry But have a broad mind when you read it.

Stating scar L leg, L hip and R buttock

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Hi Foreigngong thank you for the welcome and the prompt reply.

I will join Ancestry to view the pension records.literally picked up papers a few days ago and decided I'd try to explore.

You've left me with more questions to solve but suppose I should have expected that. :)

Can I ask? Would what you have viewed reveal which unit he was with and where he was at the time of injury? It will give me a start on searching his journey.

Appreciate your help

Kind regards 


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Ancestry has this

Name: Henry George Bond
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1887
Age: 31
Document Year: 1918
Residence Place: 56 King Street, Barking Rd, Plaistow Ldon E13
Regimental Number: 27572
Regiment Name:

Army Veterinary Corps

to be found at 


but you will need your subscription or try local library access may be free..



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Hello Rob, and welcome to the Forum!


You may already know this, but here are the references for the relevant War Diaries:

In France and Belgium:

WO 95/1145 Assistant Director Veterinary Services 1915 Nov. - 1919 Apr.  
WO 95/1149 13 Mobile Veterinary Section 1914 Oct. - 1919 Apr.  
WO 95/1149 14 Mobile Veterinary Section 1914 Oct. - 1919 May  
WO 95/1149 20 Mobile Veterinary Section 1915 Mar. - 1918 Feb.  
WO 95/1641 Assistant Director Veterinary Services 1914 Sept. - 1917 Nov.  
WO 95/1648 12 Mobile Veterinary Section 1914 Sept. - 1917 Nov.  


In Italy:
WO 95/4220 Assistant Director Veterinary Services 1917 Dec. - 1919 Feb.  
WO 95/4222 12 Mobile Veterinary Section 1917 Dec. - 1919 Jan.  


The France and Belgium diaries can be downloaded from the Kew website, www.nationalarchives.gov.uk for about £3.50 each. You may need to add a suffix such as /1, /2 etc as there are two or more diaries in each file. If you have access to Ancestry you may be able to get it free.


The Italy diaries can be downloaded from the Kew website, www.nationalarchives.gov.uk for about £3.50. You may need to add a suffix such as /1, /2 etc as there are two or more diaries in each file. I don't think that is available on Ancestry yet.


War Diaries rarely mention individuals by name other than officers, but numbers of casualties each day are nearly always given, and the location of the unit, with a short description of its activities, is given on each day.


Paragraph 392 of King's Regulations sets out the conditions under which men could be discharged from the Army. Sub-paragraph xvi was "no longer physically fit for war service" which ties in with the award of the Silver War Badge.



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Many thanks.

plenty to digest and follow up.

I am now on Ancestry. Trying to find my way round. 


All the best



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