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BillyH
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Slightly off topic here, but while researching a Great War soldier who declared service in the Boer War I was wondering if the normal terms of service at that time was 3 years with the colours followed by 9 years on reserve? He left the army in 1902 so he would have been time expired in 1911. Does that sound right?

 

BillyH.

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Thanks Keith, quite helpful that.

My particular soldier was in the Coldstream Guards so I am not sure if terms of service would have been different than that for the infantry.

 

BillyH.

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I do seem to recall having read that the standard terms for the Brigade of Guards were 3 & 9, but I don't have any evidence to back that up, in terms of Army Orders and the like.

 

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I don't have access to FMP these days. The service record for 7572 Thomas Morgan, Grenadier Guards, has survived. He attested on 4 August 1898, having declared that he was born in October 1878. Perhaps there are some pointers with his service record. He was to reenlist in 1914.

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Had a good look on Ancestry, it was poorly indexed but I found it in the end - only to discover that they have put it onto their money making Fold3. Thanks for the help anyway Keith.

 

BillyH.

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