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75947 Cpl Thomas Watson M M O CPS SIG COY R.E.


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I  am  trying   to  research   the   Military   Medal   awarded   to   Cpl   Thomas    Watson    who   was   awarded   the   Military   Medal   on June   12th   1918    in   the  London    Gazette   .   He  lived   in  Birkenhead   ,   I    am   trying  to   find  out   where        O CPS   SIG   COY   R.E    were   serving   in  1918   and  what   was  there   role   in  the  Signal   Service  ,   any   help   would   be   much   appreciated    , Alan 

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Alan,

This is a reference to "O" Corps signal company RE. That was with 14 Corps as his service record shows.

The RE Library list of War Diaries suggests they exist at least for the following periods:

"O" Corps Signal Company 14 Corps  (edit- but see below as subsequently under 5th Corps)
24 Feb 1916 to 26 Aug 1916 and 01 May 1917 to 31 Jan 1919

 

I note that in civil life he was a motor cyclist and that would fit well with carrying messages between HQs

 

Charlie

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The Signal Service in the European War can be seen on archive.org here

and explains the structure and changes in Corps Signal Companies, in particular that they often stayed in the same place when a Corps moved and thus they were given letters rather than numbers as unit title..

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Many   thanks  charlie ,    I  appreciate   your   help  in  my    research    ,   I  am  waiting   for    his  service   papers   to   arrive    ,   kind   regards   Alan   

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The relevant war diary is 5 Corps Signal Company in 1918 and that is here at Discovery Nat Archives (free to download if you register)

 

His award is noted in the April Diary and if you read through the preceeding days then it would seem probable that his award was for work in communications during the retreat ?

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