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Beth
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Hi,

I am researching my family, but am having problems with my late father. I have a copy of his Medal Card which shows his name, Corps: Army Service Corps,. Regiment No. T4/262290. Rank - Driver

I know he served in Egypt, and I have been told that one of his duties was to "escort pilgrims to Mecca". However on one such journey the train was attacked by Turks, and he sustained very severe injuries, and was actually thought to be dead. Fortunately for me, he wasnt!!!

What I would like to know is, what regiment T4 represents, (he was born and lived in Birmingham, West Midlands) and does any one have any knowledge of such escort duties.

Unfortunately my father died in 1964 and I am beginning to wonder whether to skip his history from my research !!!

Thanks in anticipation,.

Beth

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Hello Beth

T4 is Horse Transport and in this instance the Base Horse Transport Depot (Egypt)

regards

Mel

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Hello Beth

T4 is Horse Transport and in this instance the Base Horse Transport Depot (Egypt)

regards

Mel

Thanks Mel,

Any idea what regiment my father would have signed up with. I am a real novice at this (as you probably can tell!). My father in law said he was probably with the Warwickshires

Beth

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Hello Beth

We all have to start somewhere and it takes a brave person to admit to knowing very little! Good for you.

The Army Service Corps (Royal, from Nov 1918) was the corps which provided logistical support - supplies and transport. It was quite separate from the ordinary foot-sloggers and trench-manners of the infantry regiments. The Royal Warwickshire Regiment was an infantry regiment.

It is not impossible that he joined the Warwicks and then transferred to the ASC, but the medal index card suggests that the only served abroad with the ASC.

The modern successor of the ASC is the Royal Logistic Corps.

Ron

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Beth - judging from others I have seen T4 would indicate that he enlisted in late 1915/early 1916.

Can you post up a copy of his MIC; it may give us some clues

Stephen

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