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210th Protection Coy, Royal Defence Corps


Alanatabz

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Hi all

 

I am doing ww2 research, one person of interest is a William Bradley of the 210th Protection Coy, Royal Defence Corps. he was a private with them in 1918

 

Keen to find any info on Private William Bradley (Glasgow) born 1897 or the unit and what they did, where they were based?

 

Cheers

 

Alan

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The following information is from the way back machine archive:
 

“In August 1917 the Home Service Garrison Bns of various Regiments (as shown below) were transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (formed in March 1916 - see link at bottom). 
 

Garrison battalions were composed of soldiers either too old or medically unfit for active front-line service; the Home Service status indicated they were unable to be transferred overseas. Eighteen battalions were converted in this way.  The role of the corps was to provide troops for security and guard duties inside the U.K. guarding important locations such as ports or bridges. It also provided independent companies for guarding PoW camps. The corps was never intended to be employed on overseas service.”
 

 

1st Bn.
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Royal Scots. 
2nd Bn. 
1st (Home Service) Garrison Bn Buffs. 
3rd Bn. 
3rd (Home Service) Garrison Bn King’s. 
4th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Lincolnshire Regt.
5th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Devonshire Regt. 
6th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Suffolk Regt. 
7th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn West Yorkshire Regt. 
8th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn East Yorkshire Regt. 
9th Bn. 

1st (Homer Service) Garrison Bn Leicestershire Regt.

10th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Yorkshire Regt. 
11th Bn. 
3rd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Cheshire Regt.
12th Bn. 
5th (Home Service) Garrison Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 
13th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service) Garrison Bn Northamptonshire Regt. 
14th Bn. 
1st (Home Service) Garrison Bn Royal Berkshire Regt.
15th Bn.
1st (Home Service) Garrison Bn Queen’s Own. 
16th Bn. 
1st (Home Service) Garrison Bn Middlesex Regt. 
17th Bn. 
2nd (Home Service Garrison Bn North Staffordshire Regt. 
18th Bn. 

1st (Home Service) Garrison Bn Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.

 

From the Long Long Trail: https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-royal-defence-corps-of-1916-1918/

 

210th Company RDC came under the Scottish Command.  Few detailed records survive, but I do know that one of the principal roles was the defence of the mouth of the Clyde, as well as defence posts, bunkers, etc. that looked out over the fleet at anchor in Scapa Flow and Invergorden.  Also PoW camps such as that at Stobs Camp near Hawick.  See list of camps here: https://www.secretscotland.org.uk/index.php/Secrets/PoWCampSummaryWWI

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