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Hilary1559

Lost again in the terminology; help please

Levi Allen James Gunner 34812 dod  30/06/1917 Glasgow Royal Infirmary, pneumonia

Career soldier in No 4 Depot in 1911 census in Yarmouth - training perhaps?

Marriage 24/06/1916 Woolwich but living in Motherwell, Scotland. Still Gunner with RGA 

Medal index 07/08/1914 48th Heavy Battery, Were they really in France at that point cos he clearly returned to UK soil

Soldiers who died roll - 48 Heavy Battery but how could he be? Was this taken from the medal index do you think

I do so wish for those burnt records sometimes

many thanks

 

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MaxD

WO 95/5494 - 48 Heavy Battery RGA 18 August 1914 to the Western Front.  Soldier's Effects confirms has death Glasgow Royal Infirmary 30 Jun 1917

 

Max

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Hilary1559

Agreed, but Soldiers Effects does not show heavy battery, just No 4 Depot; so which is it?

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Ron Clifton

Hello Hilary

 

The four RGA Depots (of which No.4 was based at Great Yarmouth) handled the training of recruits and the re-training and administration of wounded soldiers. It is likely that he was posted to 48 Heavy Battery on mobilisation (they were then part of 3rd Division), wounded or taken ill whilst in France, and returned to the UK where he would have been attached to No.4 Depot until he died. 

 

RGA soldiers were often posted between batteries, and might be returned to the UK when sick or wounded. He was clearly there when he married in June 1916 but he may have returned to France thereafter, probably to a different battery, before finally coming back to the UK with pneumonia a year later.

 

Ron

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Hilary1559

thank you Ron; that is most helpful

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