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Bermudian Joseph Symons KIA 1918???


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Actually, I don't even have a precise date, only KIA about 20th July, 1918.

Where? I don't know.

What service? I don't know.

What unit? I don't know.

British service? Canadian? I don't know.

Rank? I don't know.

The only thing I do know is that his name was Joseph Symons, and it appears on the Bermudian roll of honour.

He is noted as having served in a unit other than one of the two local voluntary ones, each of which sent two drafts to the Western Front - although there was a Gunner named J. Symons in the Bermuda Contingent, Royal Garrison Artillery, in France (he appears to have survived the War).

If anyone can be of any help filling in any details, I'd be grateful.

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Joseph Symons



10th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Soldiers Died Cd gives his place of birth as St. Georges, Bermuda.

Enlisted in Glasgow.

Killed in action France and Flanders on the 22nd February 1916

CWGC website states that he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Panel 57 to 59.

This looks like your man.



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Wow. That was a quick reply! I guess Ayrshire isn't that far from Glasgow, really...:)

Yes, that looks like my man. I was leaning towards a Canadian unit, if only because he's listed as being 'coloured', and more of the less-less-complected Islanders who served overseas, outside of the RGA, were in Canadian units.

But, hey...James Brown can probably dig it. ;)

In any case, that's several vital bits of information. Thanks immensely. I mean, elephantine-sized kudos for you, James.

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Happy to help.

I was in the right place at the right time I guess. :D

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Now, you're in TWO right places at the right time. I just copied and pasted this into the Black Soldiers In The British Army thread (In Units...)..... :D

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