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  1. Thank you Gunner 1, your help is invaluable, as ever. Best wishes
  2. My search continues for details of my Father-in-Law's Dad, (see post Hants RGA) however I think I have narrowed things down a bit. I have read the War Diaries available at the National Archive for 43rd Brigade and 147th Siege Battery (WO95/321/5 and WO95/321/7) which he may be in, but note that the detailed diary only goes from August 1916 (when they went to France) until Dec 1916. The Brigade (as part of the Battery) continued into 1917 and 1918 but there seems to be no detailed war diary for the period after Dec1916 and I am wondering if anyone knows why. Is it likely to have been dest
  3. Some time ago I posted details of my Father-in-Law's Dad who served with the Hants RGA Territorial force (see thread titled "RGA Hants"). My search for details of his service continues as the crucial documents of where he went and when are missing from his service record held at the National Archive and, despite excellent help on here, his movements remain somewhat of a mystery. I know little about the organisation of things during WW1 and how things proceeded, and therefore I wonder if anyone can enlighten me? Apologies if these questions are obvious. I would like to at least increase my
  4. Hello Tony Unfortunately, when I applied for his service record, there was no sign of any documentation stating who he served with, only that he left for active service on 1st August. I have pretty much drawn a blank in finding out where he was and am now somewhat clutching at straws. I suspect that the rest of his records were destroyed in the WWII activity, but thought that if I could find something about the 139th/140th there may be some clues that would link him to them. Thank you for the info above though; it would have been him as he went to Dover hospital following his return
  5. I have been looking through endless internet searches for more clues to telling his story. I have found a list of the various batteries in the Royal Garrison Artillery and the dates that they first went overseas. As my Grandfather in law went to France on 1st August 1916 and the 139th and 140th siege battery left on that day, I am optimistically wondering if he was in one of these units. I cannot find any information regarding where these units went and when - living memory recalls tales of Messines and Vimy as previously mentioned. I am hoping that somewhere there is a diary wh
  6. Hi Gunner 1 I have looked at the medal index card and have no idea how what is there relates to what you wrote, hence I feel somewhat ill-equipped to identify what may be useful in the stuff I have. I have looked and looked and there is no Casualty form. There are 29 pages from Kew and lots of them seem to be memos or admin notes, but as I said there may be info on them and I just don't know what to look for. I will message you the link in case you want to have a look through all the pages. Is it possible Kew missed something or could the Casualty form be held somewhere else wit
  7. P.s. Gunner 1 can you tell me where you found the above information so that I can record where it came from? Thanks
  8. Thank you Gunner 1. I applied to Kew for all they had and there was no Casualty listing, no mention of any Battery, only 2/7th Company. There is an Arrival report which has "9/Artillery N/67" in the top left-hand corner which I have attached. Not sure if this is of any help. Another letter he wrote requesting his medals says he was injured on May 29th 1917 (rather than just left the field of battle) and the story he told is as written above, indicating that he was treated in the field hospital before he left for England.... I was expecting some kind of memo or note to say what h
  9. Hello - can anyone help? My father-in-law is desperate to find out more about his Dad's service in WWI. He has said he wants to know before he passes on and he is 84 so we are trying hard for him! I have applied to Kew for his service history and it gives some info but not much detail. He was a 2nd lieut in the Royal Garrison Artillery Hants 2/7th company based in Southampton. He went to Belgium and was injured on May 29th 1917 having his foot shot off, which was later amputated in a field hospital before returning to Dover and having more of his leg removed over here. In that h
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