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gary thomson
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have only joined the forum today but am allready posting my second question. i am researching a relative of mine l/cpl william harvey 51190 princess patricias canadian light infantry who was kia on 4/5/1915 at bellewaerde ridge.i am a member of the canadian great war forum to help me with his research.william was born in dundee scotland in 1881 served in the south african campain then emigrated to canada sometime before 1914. joined up in winnipeg 25/10/1914 27th city of winnipeg batt then transfered to the ppcli jan 1915. in france/belgium feb 1915.whist researchimg him i posted a question about obtaining his service records and was informed that as he was serving with the ppcli they were part of the bef at that time and would have british army service records as well as canadian army sevice records. i have obtained his canadian service records but i would like to obtain his british records if they exist.would this be the case that there would be 2sets of records ?. and if so how would i go about obtaining a copy of these ?.(the info about british and canadian dual records came from someone on the canadian forum who had obtained both sets for their relative). anyone out there able to help please.

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Gary

Do you know which regiment he served in on the South Africa campaign ? There are Kew records for pre-war soldiers in WO97,but you need the regiment and it is all eyeball work at Kew as the boxes haven't yet been computerised. This record will only be for pre-War service.

If you'd like to post the Regiment maybe we can do a bit more for you.

Best wishes

Sotonmate

PS Just looked and I am again mixing up the data with Militias ! The name W.Harvey falls within piece numbers WO97/3004 for the period 1883 to 1900,and WO97/5068 for the period 1900 to 1913 !

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thank you for that sotonmate. according to his canadian attestation papers it says that it was the gordon highlanders.is this what you are looking for?.

his attestation paper also states that he was serving with the 79th cameron highlanders malitia in winnipeg prior to enlisting in 1914.

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Gary

See my amendment. Your target is WO97/5068. From looking at the National Archives Catalogue and it's Digital Express service you may be able to quote the soldier's details and ask them to find it in the box and to provide it to you for a fee. From memory there would be no more than 8 pages of the record so I wouldn't thinkit would cost much.

Sotonmate

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