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17th Battalion KRRC?

Kerry T

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Dear all

I have been trying to research my Great Grandfather's service history for some time now, and have hit a brick wall.

He is Rifleman Arthur John Gentry, C3529, 12th County of London Regiment Affiliated to KRRC (according to SDGW). I posted on him a while ago and thanks to the help from this site I managed to track down his Medal Index Card and CWGC entry. I have also been lucky enough to find his service records at Kew - from that it looks as though he served with 17th battalion KRRC.

BUT: all my sources so far show him as died of wounds/KIA on 24th August 1918, yet the War diary for 17th battalion makes no mention of being involved in any action at that time. The link to the Vis en Artois memorial says that those commemorated there died in an advance in the period from 8 August 1918 to the date of the Armistice in the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois.

Does anyone know where/with whom he would have been serving at that time? Is it likely that he was transferred shortly before his death and his records not updated? I haven't been able to trace a death certificate for him either - is there any reason one would not have been issued? His death wasn't officially confirmed until September 1919 if that helps.

I would really like to learn something about what his life/conditions were like at the time he died, and what action he would have been involved in.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated


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