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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

Charles Dennis Balding (what a name!) was born on 28 December 1889.

First commission 9 December 1914 into the Hampshire Regt. Transfer to Indian Army Reserve of Officers 6 January 1915. Lieut., July 1917.

Coy. Cdr. Allahabad University Inf., IDF, from November 1917. Attached 1st Bn., 113th Infantry, I.A., 28 November 1918 to 23 February 1919 (Mesopotamia).

Capt., September 1919; latterly 3/20th Burma Rifles...

I have found a grainy photo of the then Capt. C. D. Balding at Allahabad, March 1918 - but can any member produce 1) more Information about Family and so on, and

2) a rather better Image of Balding, who was 1407856809_CaptC.D.Balding113InfyMar1918.jpg.7c8999453aaf4802b7c4173b5237faed.jpgpromoted Major in 1933 and S.U.L. 1939 (retired March 1943), please…?

Kindest regards,

Kim. 

 

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Dragoon

From the London Gazette..

Chris

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HarryBrook

Charles Dennis Balding (born 1889) died on 4 February 1966 at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham by Sea, Sussex. Residence - 25, Nutbourne Road, Worthing. Widow - Barbara Maud Balding.  

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Chris and Harry,

Super! Many thanks indeed.

The Major Balding medals are on their way to my Collection, as we speak/write.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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sadbrewer

He was originally in the 4th Royal Berkshires...transferring to the 5th Hants...reported in the local papers on Dec 12th 1914.

 

In 1911 he was an insurance clerk living at The Laurels, Padworth.

Married abroad....Alice Maud Jane ?....in 1921...Alice died in Reading in 1940.

 

Married for the second time in Srinagar, Kashmir in 1942.

 

 

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Edit....his younger brother Frank b 1895, was accidentally killed in 1907 on his way home from school when he fell from his bicycle under the wheels of a traction engine.

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FROGSMILE
9 minutes ago, sadbrewer said:

He was originally in the 4th Royal Berkshires...transferring to the 5th Hants...reported in the local papers on Dec 12th 1914.


Sounds like he might’ve started with a Militia (Special Reserve) Commission.  
That was a popular backdoor to get a regular commission as it avoided the usual route via competitive examination and only required a set period with the Militia/SR and a recommendation from the commanding officer.

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Dragoon

London Gazette to captain

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sadbrewer

Just found this...although I'm not sure if its the same chap...it could be.

 

 

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Edit.....perhaps more likely to be this chap

 

 

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RaySearching

Listed as having served in the Burma Auxiliary Force and Burma Intelligence Corps   HERE

 

Ray

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

Super! A great help and my on-going thanks.

The medals have just arrived - unpacking...

Kindest regards,

Kim

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The Inspector

Hi Kim

 Charles Dennis Balding was 1 of 4 children His father Frank William b.12.6.1849, Kingslcere, Hampshire d.10.9.1900, Padworth, Berkshire, m.  Alice Maria Dennis  b. June1854 Odiham, Hampshire d. 1937 Shirley Lodge, 91 London Rd., Reading . Berks. His maternal g/parents were  Charles Dennis 1811-1875 and Mary Anne Ray 1816-1885. Here is a photo of their gravestone in St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Winchfield, Hart District, Hampshire.

 Charles and Mary Ann Dennis

Looking.....Charles's second marriage on 16th July, 1942 to Barbara Maud Robinson who was born on 8th Aug, 1901 Camberwell, Surrey d. 1996, Worthing, Essex..........30th June 1939,  onboard "Statendam" from New York to Plymouth.... Major Charles Dennis Balding, 91 London Rd, Reading....

Regards Barry

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All, and Barry,

Here are the more important of the medals: BWM (LIEUT. C. D. BALDING.); Victory (LIEUT: C. D. BALDING.); GSM clasp Kurdistan (CAPT. C. D. BALDING.); IGS clasp Burma 1930-32 (MAJ. C. D. BALDING, 3-20 BURMA RIF.); followed by unnamed 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45.

Apparently Steve Rothwell is the Burma Rifles etc., IMG_20191219_0004.jpg.73155540b74042fea66f56199fd0f572.jpgIMG_20191219_0002.jpg.7a58c5b979bdc20f54affdf666ddf1ff.jpgGuru, however my Software cannot make the intended Connection to find his eMail address (help needed here, too, please!).

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

This is the March 1918 officer group at Allahabad, including Capt C. D. Balding, and some other 1st Bn., 113th Infantry,2049898040_113thInfantryAllahabadMarch1918.thumb.jpg.811e41b1aca5215a0e0a4ffea8052e40.jpg289843444_113InfnamesMar1918.jpg.93a40bc2e603f11a3522fa931bffe98e.jpg officers named.

Interesting is the gradual inclusion of Indian officers holding the King's Commission...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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The Inspector

Hi Kim

Another brilliant set! Working on a pic!

Regards Barry

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Barry,

Super and glad to have you as an Ally in the Search for Balding…!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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The Inspector

Hi Kim

Thomas Hugh Charles Balding ( b.3.12.1913) was Charles Dennis Balding's cousin x1 removed. Tree on Ancestry Thomas died 1994 his wife was Evely Mary Newman 1913-1988. They were married Sept.1938 Evesham , Worcestershire . Both buried here :-https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128159306 Had 3 children ? . Possibility female still living born 1950 Chelmsford, Essex. Mother's maiden name Newman. She was married 1972 Her husband Timothy Percy Ridley-Thompson died 7th March, 2018. Can find photo of him and the Newman family but looks like no one has any further details or knowledge of the army career for Charles Dennis Balding....still looking... have sent a PM to one of the tree owners with the most comprehensive family tree directing him to the GWF.

Regards Barry 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Barry,

Excellent work, many thanks.

Hopefully something will come out of all this area of research.

However, in stark contrast to the recent Percy Aylward saga, which ended in disappointment, despite his job having been such a public one, I actually have an Image of Balding already!

I still need help to obtain the eMail address of the Burma aficionado, Steve Rothwell - my Software not being sufficient to log in and so on...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All, and Barry,

Many thanks for your enthusiastic help: much appreciated!

Somewhat akin to a Christmas present, in fact…

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

I am now writing my Manuscript about the Life of Charles Dennis Balding - having been helped by all of you, I might add.

One thing puzzles me!

It concerns his Service (for example in Mesopotamia - or not?) with 1/113 Infy.

He is shown in the LG as having been a Coy Cdr Allahabad University Bn., from 1 November 1917  to 5 July 1918.

Then the LG shows him attd 1/113 Infy from 28 November 1918 (after the cut-off date for the Victory Medal) to 23 February 1919

(yet his Medal Index Card brackets both BWM and Victory medals).

However, Balding was clearly shown in the photo as being with 1/113 Iny at Allahabad in March 1918.

Moreover, the IA Lists show him as being appointed to 1/113 Infy on 26 June 1916...!

Obviously the War Diaries of 1/113 Infy must be consulted to shed some light on all this: I live in Germany but apparently the three WDs have been digitised for Mar 1917 - Feb 1918; Mar 1918 - Oct 1918; Nov 1918 - Oct 1920...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Harry,

Many thanks and I am very glad your eagle-eye spotted this Detail - which is of great importance!

It takes a while to get one's head around the recipient's Military Career. Unfortunately I do not know his School (always a good reservoir of research), but if his Officer's Papers are available, this may well be known, yet.

Having said that, C. D. Balding has researched beautifully, so far...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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The Inspector

Hi Kim, 

Looking for his school......

In 1901 Charles Dennis Balding is living with his Aunt, Louisa Bird (nee Dennis) shown on Ancestry as Charles D Balchin , very difficult to read. Living in Basingstoke. St.Michael and all Angels Parish. 10yrs old a scholar.Place of birth "Berks ???????? indecipherable shown as "Alofeinston"!!!. I think it should be "Aldermaston". Address 11 ??Southern Rd.????( The enumerator should have been sacked!)

Louisa Dennis, Charles's mother's sister, married Joseph Bird 3rd qtr 1878, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. 2c, 327. 1891,  she is a widow in 1901. Louisa Bird died 1910 aged 64 yrs Basingstoke, 2c, 134.

So he probably went to school nearby...searching 

 

1911 census shows Alice Maria Balding (CD's mother) had had 4 children 1 of whom had died. This is Frank Gordon Balding shown on 1901 census, he died 1907 aged 12 yrs, Reading, Berks, 2c, 220.

Regards Barry

4 hours ago, Kimberley John Lindsay said:

 I do not know his School (always a good reservoir of research), but if his Officer's Papers are available, this may well be known, yet.

Having said that, C. D. Balding has researched beautifully, so far...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

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