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Private A Baldwin, (Queen's) Royal West Surrey Regt.


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I'm trying to make sense of this soldier's service. Private Albert Edward Baldwin, 54793, initially joined the  2/5th Queen's Royal West Sussex Regiment as 3021 and also 22647. His medal card states he first served in the Balkans from 17/7/15, but I can't find anything about his unit being there. He was subsequently transferred to 13th Bn Welsh Regiment and died on 1/9/1918. Buried at Morval British Cemetery.

If anyone can fill in any gaps as to when he might have been where I would be extremely grateful. 

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Hi,

According to the Regimental History, the 2/5th were a labour battalion which did not serve overseas, hence being unable to find a diary. I would suggest that Albert may have been a member of the 400 volunteers who moved to the 2/4th Battalion in May 1915, I can offer you nothing definite on that transfer, but may be worth looking into.

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A transfer to the 1/5th Bn? The second Queen’s no. Also suggests a transfer to another battalion.

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Probable Timeline:

Medal Roll 

3021 2/5 Royal West Surrey - October 1914 (how old was he?) - as noted above formed into Composite Battalion for service with Mediterranean Expeditionary Force 17.7.1915

22647 Royal West Surrey -   around 23 January 1917 22673 to 2nd Bn (AO 204 1916) possibly the 6th  not sure he saved in the Field with a Battalion of the Queen's there is big gap in the Medal Rolls

54793 13th Welsh Regiment - on or around 12 February 1917 in France

Killed in Action 1st September 1918 13th Battalion Welsh Regiment

 

 

 

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Many thanks for these replies. Kenf48, he was born in early 1892 so would have been 22 by my reckoning. 
I’m mystified by the reference to the Balkans.

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15 minutes ago, pudsey63 said:

Many thanks for these replies. Kenf48, he was born in early 1892 so would have been 22 by my reckoning. 
I’m mystified by the reference to the Balkans.

 

As described on the LLT, and previously posted 400 men from the 2/5 were posted to the 2/4 to make up a composite Battalion 

https://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/queens-royal-west-surrey-regiment/

These composite Battalions were usually short lived and on this occasion it was to bring the 2/4 up to strength for deployment overseas.  It appears they retained their original identity.  The war diary for the 2/4 is on Ancestry 17.07.1915 is the date they entrained from Bedford to Devonport, landing at Suvla on the 9th August.  They were thrown into battle immediately upon landing.  They left the Peninsula early December.

 

 

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Thanks for that. I was confused by the dates but it’s clearer now. ☺️

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Presuming you have his medal roll entry?

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George

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Thanks George. 

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