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Very Long Shot! (Ordnance Corps service numbers)


Stuart T

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I hope there is a numbers specialist out there!

 

My great aunt was engaged to a chap called Bert (Albert, Bertram, Herbert???) and I have the following information from contemporary correspondence:

"Poor old Bert's last day today before he joins up tomorrow" (20 May 1917)

"He has been very lucky again in getting in what he has.  They let the recruits go in anything the like now, even the Army Ordnance Corps."  (29 May 1917).

 

I understand that he came from Geddington, Northants or possibly Weekley, which is nearby.  Does anybody know of AOC service numbers issued around this time please, so that I can cross-reference for his surname with some likely MICs?  (I believe he was a casualty, so shall be looking at local war memorials for names.)

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#030112 - April 1917

#031053 - June 1917

#033587 - July 1917

#033597 - July 1917

 

Craig

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The Geddington War Memorial has been researched and is here

http://www.geddington.net/roll-of-honour/1914-18/

one Bertram and one Bertie, neither in the AOC.

 

Kettering Library has a Roll of Honour of all those who served, whether this includes Weekley I don't know, but forum pal Stebie is the Northants go to, perhaps send him a PM.

He was very helpful to me with signposts to Kettering casualties. 

 

Ken

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Ken, Agreed about Geddington and the Kettering RoH is only for the Urban District, not the Rural District.

 

Craig, I have also found the IWM listing for Weekley which includes non-casualties.

https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/37439

I had assumed Bert was lost, because I know of no family knowledge after WW1, although that may be because my Great Aunt died in 1917, so he could have simply lost touch.  I was leaning towards Weekley anyway and a couple of months ago marked an MIC as the most probable.  It is for Albert Carter, AOC 26178.

 

From my quotes above, can you decipher whether he had attested earlier and been awarded the earlier number than you quote?

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17 minutes ago, Stuart T said:

I was leaning towards Weekley anyway and a couple of months ago marked an MIC as the most probable.  It is for Albert Carter, AOC 26178.

#026168 was issued 2 Jan 1917

 

Craig

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Thanks - do you have any idea whether numbers were issued upon attestation or not until "Joining Up"?

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Numbers were issued on joining a unit at the Depot.

 

You will have noted the soldier cited by Craig above (026168 Odger) was posted to the Training Reserve in July 1917 and the 2/7 Warwickshire regiment at the the IBD in France, and finally to the Labour Corps.  No mention of Ordnance Corps service on medal rolls.

 

It therefore seems possible your man followed a similar path, and your great-aunt's confidence may have been misplaced.

 

Ken

 

 

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Oh, that's a bit of a fly in the ointment.  The Albert Carter I "favour" is RAOC only in WO 329 though.

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