Jump to content
The Great War (1914-1918) Forum

Remembered Today:

Died 4 Nov 1919


dunmore44
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm am trying to find out how and where 89233 Pte John Pollard, 39th Northumberland Fusiliers, on the 4th Nov 1919

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dunmore

Long Long Trail at top left of this page for lots of info,including Army regiments and number of battalions during 1914-1918. See:

http://www.1914-1918.net/northfus.htm

except that the NFs end at the 38th Battalion !

National Archives have no War Diary for it either.

You may have been misinformed (perhaps an error on the CWGC site) on the Battalion number.

There is one John Pollard from the Northumberland Fusiliers in the National Archives Medal Index Cards (WO372/16) he matches your details but was firstly in the York and Lancaster Regiment as Private 6801 before he was 89233 in the NFs.Image Number 33909/5512 is downloadable for 3.50 from the NA Catalogue.

Best wishes

Sotonmate

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sorry gents but there was indeed a 39th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers and a 40th Bn too. The 39th were raised 10th May 1919 and the 40th in September of the same year. Both battalions were shipped to France to assist in battlefield clearance and some of their members fell to either the influenza epedemic or died as a result of accidents. The 39th were disbanded in France on the 5th March 1920 and the 40th in the same month they were formed again in France.

At least four other members of the 39th are known to be buried in France.

Graham.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well done Graham !

I knew an expert would come along in a minute !

Just a thought,as he was a Yorks & Lancaster soldier before the NF maybe he was in one of the 4 Battalions (2/5;10;12 and 14) which disbanded in France in Feb 1918 and was drafted into the 39th there.

Sotonmate

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That great, thanks for everyones input, so if can presume that John Pollard served with the York and Lanc Regt.

the medal index card states that he was entitled to the 1914 star, disembarkation date given as 9.9.14 then shows that he was discharged finally joining the North'd Fus, where he would have died from either the flu or by an accident.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Formed during the reorganisation of the 'Training Reserve' in May 1917, fourteen battalions were designated 'Young Soldier Battalions', which took in recruits aged 18yrs and 1month. After basic training they were then posted to one of the 28 'Graduated Battalions', which were linked in pairs to the Young Soldier Battalion.

In October 1917 the Graduated & Young Soldier Battalions, Training Reserve were allotted to 23 infantry regiments and for this purpose were numbered '51st & 52nd Graduated Battalions' and 53rd(Young Soldier)Battalion and the Training Reserve was disbanded.

The following were allotted to the Northumberlands;-

"238th Graduated Bn, Training Reserve" became "51st(Graduated)Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers" on 24/10/17.

"276th Graduated Bn, Training Reserve" became "52nd(Graduated)Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers" on 24/10/17.

"5th Young Soldier Bn, Training Reserve" became 53rd(Young Soldier)Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers on 1/11/17.

These battalions eventually reorganised as 'Service' Battalions and went on to serve with the Rhine Army.

Graham.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...