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Ivor Anderson

Royal Irish Fusiliers Training Battalions WW1

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Ivor Anderson

The first 2 photos are of an unknown Royal Irish Fusiliers training battalion taken in Ireland during WW1. The company quartermaster sergeant to our right of the officers in the front row is my great grandfather, Robert John Sproule 7398. He joined the 2nd Battalion RIF in India in 1902 and made corporal 1904 and sergeant in 1910. He trained new recruits for most of WW1 but was drafted out in August 1917 to join a badly depleted 7/8 RIF east of Ypres. He returned home wounded (shrapnel wound in left leg) in late October 1917 and resumed training troops after his partial recovery. He was with 4th RIF in Ballincolly, Cork in early 1918. He was then with 3rd and then 11th RIF at Rugeley May-July 1918. He retired from the army in 1923 and died in 1956. The third photo is of 20th officer cadet battalion at Bawdsly in September 1918. He is again seated to our right of the officers. These may photos may be of interest to others trying to identify relatives. I copied them from the originals in my possession.

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Charles Fair

Thank you Ivor, very interested to see the 20 OCB photo as I'm researching the OCB system.

Charles

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FROGSMILE

Great photos, thank you for posting them.  Interesting to make out the cap badges and overseas service stripes among the 20th OCB sitters.  Also the ‘boy bandsman’ laying front right in the battalion photo.  You can just about see the regimental badge on his bandsman’s music pouch.  Very typically, seated centrally are the RSM (with a single row of medal ribbons), Adjutant and Commanding Officer (with General List cap badge).  Going by the youth of the rear two rows it might be a ‘young soldier’, or ‘graduated’ battalion formed from the earlier, Training Reserve.

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