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Kingygirl22

Officer gazetted as Supernumerary

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Kingygirl22

Sorry - sure this is a very basic question but could someone clarify what this really means?

I have come across an officer's entry in the London Gazette that states

" 5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment - the undermentioned to be Second Lieutenant.:— Edward Martin Wright. (To be supernumerary)  Dated 5th September, 1914

Does this mean there were too many 2nd Lieutenants in the battalion even at this early stage of the war?  How did they chose who were to be supernumerary? Was it first come first served? 

He did serve with them and was later attached to the 8th battalion.  He had risen to be a Captain at the time of his death.

Many thanks

 

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Kingygirl22

Thank you.  I searched before I posted but didn't find this thread among the others.  Much appreciated

 

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