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Sgt. George Walter Furniss MM, 33048, 29th Field Ambulance RAMC, 9th (Scottish) Division 1916


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Ivor Anderson

Sgt. George Walter Furniss MM, 33048, 29th Field Ambulance RAMC, 9th (Scottish) Division 1916

 

Born: 16th June 1887 Rock Ferry, Cheshire. Parents Frederick & Anne.

1911 Census - aged 23, plumber & painter. Living 23 Dacre Hill, Rock Ferry, Cheshire with parents & siblings.

Died: 26 August 1980, 106 Shrewsbury Road, Birkenhead.

 

George Furniss is one of three MMs to the 29th Field Ambulance listed in the LG of 11 October 1916:

33483 Sgt. William Furminger 31672   (disembarked in France with 29th FA 12-05-1915)

33484 Sgt. George W. Furniss 33048   (disembarked in France with 29th FA 12-05-1915)

33485 L/Cpl. Arthur Mace M2/053232 ASC (att'd 29 FA)

Their MMs are on a list of 'retrospective awards recommended June 1916' to the 9th Division at the end of the 9th's WD for October 1916.

Furminger and Furniss are mentioned as promoted from acting to permanent rank of sergeant in the 29th FA WD on 18th July 1915.

The pension record of George Furniss survives with his service record included.

 

The 29th FA was operating at NIEPPE just over the border in France, south of YPRES, and close to Armentieres, from 26th Jan to 4th May 1916. They were often subject to shell-fire and suffered casualties. 

 

On 30th November 1915 one sergeant was killed and 9 men wounded by a shell as they made their way out of Ypres.

The 29th FA moved to an ADS at Stenwerck on 4th May 1916, and then the number 2 Convalescent Depot at Rouen on 30th May 1916:

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldiers/a-soldiers-life-1914-1918/the-evacuation-chain-for-wounded-and-sick-soldiers/convalescent-depots-in-france/

They were based there until the 29th FA was disbanded at Rouen on 28th February 1917 by order of the DGMS.

 

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Ivor Anderson

Thank you Billy. Was that published around April 1916?

Their ADS at NIEPPE was under regular shell-fire in early 1916 (e.g. 3rd, 12th, 17th & 28-29th March), but the war diary does not mention their MMs.

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its from Birkenhead News 04 November 1916

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Thanks Corisande. Unfortunately someone seems to have felt it necessary to roughly erase the unit off his MM at some point:

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15 minutes ago, Ivor Anderson said:

Unfortunately someone seems to have felt it necessary to roughly erase the unit off his MM at some point:

 

That seems to be really strange. Why would anyone want to remove just that information?

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The full list of retrospective awards for June 1916 as found at the end of the 9th Division's AQMG war diary in Oct. 1916 (TNA ref attached):

They were listed in the LG of 11th Oct. 1916. The three 29th FA MMs are at the end.

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20 hours ago, Ivor Anderson said:

Thank you Billy. Was that published around April 1916?

 

No, it was 4th November 1916 (as Corisande had already deduced).

I know that the image is poor, but it doesn't really look like an RAMC cap badge? did he originally join another regiment?

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It's hard to tell from the photo. He arrived in France on 12th May 1915 (MIC) with the 29th FA RAMC and was with them when he earned his MM.

I suppose the photo may have been taken with a pre-WW1 territorial unit.    MM Index Card - TNA image:

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On 08/06/2021 at 16:20, Ivor Anderson said:

On 30th November 1915 one sergeant was killed and 9 men wounded by a shell as they made their way out of Ypres.

I cannot find the sergeant mentioned as being killed in the war diary. There are only 5 deaths from 29th FA RAMC listed on the CWGC site.

The first 2 may have died from wounds received leaving YPRES on 30th November 1915:

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