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London Electrical Corps, Territorials


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Hi

Can someone help me with some info about the man in this photo? It is a picture of Cecil Robert George Abrahams. I have his medal card which gives the following info - Corps London Electrical Engineers, Corporal, no 562214. He was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.

The photo is from 1917 but by March 1918 he had applied for a commission and transferred to the RFC/RAF. The obituary notice which was kept by his family, mentions the Territorials, and that he had served on the Thames and Medway defences for the first 3 years of the war, but despite searching on the Long Long Trail I can't find any references either to the corps or the Thames and Medway defences!

I am trying to find out more about what he would have been doing during this period. I have already found out some highly detailed info about his RAF career courtesy of the Air specialists on this forum, but I didn't know until recently, when we found the obituary, that he had served with any other force. Any information will be very welcome.

Thanks

Veronica

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Veronica,

At the moment all I can tell you is that the London Electrical Engineers, Royal Engineers (Volunteers) were formed on the 18th August 1897 and their original H.Q. was in Victoria Street and the Corps itself consisted of four companies. These companies were made up of men who were in one way or another connnected to the electrical industy, which was in it's infancy. So new was electrical engineering that recruitment for the Corps was extended as far away as the Midlands.

In 1900 it moved it's H.Q. 46 Regency Street, Westminster, where it would grow to a six company organisation by 1914. On the formation of the Territorial Force in 1908 it became known as the London Division Electrical Engineers, Royal Engineers(T.F.). As such they were allowed to were a special 3 tiered metal shoulder title T/RE/LONDON.

There wartime role was the manning and repair of searchlights on coastal defences and as such they would have covered a wide area. I'll attach some pictures of the types of lights they manned in another post.

It was from the London Electrical Engineers and Tyne Electrical Engineers that nearly all Anti-Aircraft Company's,Royal Engineers & Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Sections,Royal Engineers were formed, many of which served in France & Flanders.

Thats about all I known,

Graham.

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Veronica,

Searchlight photo's

Graham.

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Veronica,

A searchlight plant in France.

Graham.

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Veronica,

Typical searchlight positions.

Graham.

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Thanks Graham, that's really interesting. I found out from a bit more searching that the Thames and Medway defences involved anti-aircraft placements among other things over quite a wide area, so that all fits with the rest of your information. It would be fairly likely that he had been training as an electrical engineer but I shall have to wait for the 1911 census to confirm...

Thank you anyway, Veronica

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