davidf01608 Posted 13 February , 2022 Share Posted 13 February , 2022 I am researching a family member, Patrick Shields Park (1882-1954), with a particular focus on his WW1 army history. I have downloaded his service record from Ancestry and FindMyPast, which gives me an outline of his army career, but raises more questions than it answers. Patrick enlisted in the Scots Guards (Service No. 11288) from the Glasgow Police on 22 September 1914, and initially joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. He transferred to the 2nd Battalion in April 1915, and served a 3-month tour of duty in France; he then returned to the UK, rejoining the 3rd Battalion. At the end of December 1915, he transferred to the 1st Battalion and began what was to be a 3.5 year tour in France. I have downloaded the War Diaries of the 1st and 2nd Battalions from The National Archives, so have gained an insight into what he may have encountered at the early part of his military career. In October 1916, Patrick transferred "temporarily" to the Military Foot Police (Service No. P6055), as an Acting Lance Corporal, which rank he soon lost as a result of an inappropriate remark to a senior NCO! Other than a report at http://www.corpsofmilitarypolice.org regarding a commendation for gallant conduct in August 1917, I then lose track of him until his demob from the Military Police on 14 Jul 1919, following which he rejoined the Glasgow Police. I have been unable to track down a war diary for the Military Foot Police, or any other source that might shine some light upon Patrick's last 3 years of military service. If anyone could suggest likely sources, I should be extremely grateful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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