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Pte Oscar William Paull, 32644 Gloucester Regiment & 323896 Labour Corps


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Pte Oscar William Paull, 32644 Gloucester Regiment & 323896 Labour Corps

Born Penzance district, 8 Oct 1893, married Cardiff district 18 Dec 1923, died Paington, Devon 14 Sept 1980. Hairdresser by trade.

         William John Paull m. Mary Elizabeth Nankervis in Penzance 18 Apr 1892. She d.1909. Father m. Sophy Blee 1910. She d.1958.

         Living with parents & brother Charles in Cornwall in 1911      By his wedding Banns in Dec. 1923 his address was Westbury, Bristol.

WW1 - Enlisted at Cardiff 11 Dec 1915. Pte. 1522 Glamorgan RE.

War & Victory medal only - issued as 32644 Gloucester Regt. as he served abroad with them.

Surviving service record on Ancestry: https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1219&h=1580608&tid=&pid=&queryId=299d61435430f16517c3c542bcdbe126&usePUB=true&_phsrc=WWn991&_phstart=successSource

Trying to determine which Gloucestershire battalion he served abroad with in 1917-1918?  Possibly 7th Bn.?

From 24 Jan 1917 he was abroad with Mediterranean Exp. Force until 9 Nov 1918 - see service record pages below:

Later 1/3rd E. L. Co. Labour Corps?      Discharged 28 March 1919 - 9 Alma Place, Penzance, Cornwall.     Pension/medical state 'Malaria'.

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54 minutes ago, butler said:

The service record shows 2nd Battalion

Thanks. I wasn't sure if they were just numbering 1st, 2nd & 3rd posting? The 2nd Bn. was in Salonika from Dec 1915.

Was that the Med. Ex Force? Would he have caught Malaria in NE Greece?

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7 hours ago, Ivor Anderson said:

Later 1/3rd E. L. Co. Labour Corps?      Discharged 28 March 1919 - 9 Alma Place, Penzance, Cornwall. 

Pension Index Card at WFA/Fold3 reads D Coy, E C Lab Corps = which I would interpret as D Company, Eastern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps.

PIC also gives an additional number of 40316

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2 hours ago, Ivor Anderson said:

Was that the Med. Ex Force? Would he have caught Malaria in NE Greece?

Yes,  originally applied to the Dardanelles then when the Salonika front opened up that theatre was included, when the Dardanelles were evacuated it applied to Salonika.

Yes malaria was endemic in the Salonika Campaign, so much so the "Mosquito" was the name of the magazine and the symbol of the Salonika Campaign Society https://salonikacampaignsociety.org.uk

This famous photograph sums it up

https://www.agefotostock.com/age/en/details-photo/a-photograph-of-british-soldiers-stationed-at-the-greek-port-of-salonika-receiving-their-daily-ration-of-quinine-during-the-war-disease-was-a-particular/MEV-10219660

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Every soldier I’ve looked at who served in Salonica got malaria!   When reading a couple of war diaries for Inf Bns it seemed over half their strength was sick at any one time for periods. 

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Thanks Andrew. Sure sign he was there then:

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