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CampbellSJ

Can anyone translate the following info from a Medal Index Card/Roll?  Many thanks.

 

First Name: Thomas
Surname:Lavelle 
Received Wound Strip 1918
1/7th Durham Light Infantry
52nd Grad Battalion
Regiments served with:
Unit   Rank             

Service Number

 

Durham Light Infantry     Private      85184
Graduate Battalion  Private

TR/5/118175

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familyhistoryman

Hi

I am not to clear as to what part of the Medal Card you need help with. If you need need help with the regiments then see https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/durham-light-infantry/

Tony

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Chris_Baker

The medal roll entry implies that he went overseas as a Pte of the 52nd (Graduated) Battalion and then transferred to the 1/7th Battalion. A normal pattern.

 

I know from previous work that his transfer dates to early April 1918.

 

 

Edited by Chris_Baker

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rolt968

To explain a couple of points:

 

The functions of graduated battalions of the Training Reserve is explained here:

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/training-reserve/training-reserve-remodelled-in-1917/

 

It may seem surprising that he seems to have gone to France as a member of Training Reserve battalion. (I think this has been discussed in a couple of threads before.) he was not allocated to 1/7 Durham Light Infantry until after he arrived in France - hence the Graduated Battalion and the Training Reserve number on his medal roll entry.

RM 

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Chris_Baker

It happened a lot in the crisis of late March and early April 1918.

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CampbellSJ

Thanks for all the feedback. Much appreciated.

Family 'lore' indicates he "was gassed and kind of went off his head".  ...who wouldn't?!

Will follow up on links suggested.

 

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clk

Hi,

 

On 16/10/2019 at 23:19, CampbellSJ said:

Received Wound Strip 1918

 

He appears to have been named on a daily casualty list of 25.5.1918 - link. His actual date of wounding would have been several weeks prior though. You could try to date it by looking for surviving service papers from the regiment to see if there is a commonality of wounding dates recorded (within a day or so), make a reasonable inference, then cross reference to the battalion war diary (link) to see if it might give you anything more.

 

The service record for (TR/) 5/118176;  85185 Liddle looks like it may be relevant, but is difficult to read in places - link. It should also be on Ancestry.

 

Regards

Chris

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CampbellSJ

Thanks much, clk! Will check these out.

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