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53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« on: August 14, 2019, 11:27:11 AM »
This soldier was KIA on the 1st October 1918 in an attack on the Beaurevoir-Fonsomme line at Joncourt where he is buried.  It would seem that in August 1918 he had been wounded and was treated in hospital at Rouen.  Interestingly, it appears that, at that time, he gave blood for transfusion, a medical procedure which was apparently influenced by the arrival of US Army medical personnel joining the Allies and a procedure which his next of kin later considered worthy of report to the CWGC.   I had not realised that blood transfusions were taking place during WW1.   PhilipG.

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Re: 53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 09:19:30 PM »
The progress in medicine and technology in wartime is, driven by necessity, amazingly fast.

Charlie

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Re: 53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 10:10:55 AM »
Charlie,

You're absolutely right.  I'm thinking of WW2 and Blood Plasma used in the Blitz and HM Forces.   PhilipG.

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Re: 53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 10:26:07 AM »
After some further research, I note that this man was formerly a private soldier serving in the Royal Sussex Regiment, presumably when he was wounded.    Upon recovery, it seems that he was transferred to the 2nd Manchesters and with his comrades of that battalion now lies in Joncourt British Cemetery located close to where so many of them died.  PhilipG.               

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Re: 53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 11:37:12 AM »
Philip,
Arthur Ernest King, I expect from his Royal Sussex Regt number, enlisted into the General Service Special Reserve of the Regt in October or very early November 1914.

He later transferred to the ASC and given the number T4/238429, which indicates that he served with a Horse Transport ASC unit in the 4th New Army. The transfer took place before 20th November 1916, after that date the prefix 4 was omitted from further numbers.

At some stage I expect he was „combed out“ and transferred to the 23rd Manchesters. I think it is safe to assume that he was one of the 150 ORs transferred to the 2nd Battalion on 6th February 1918 when the 23rd Battalion was being wound down prior to disbandment.

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Re: 53108 Pte. A.E.King : 2nd Bn. Manchester Regt.
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 12:20:55 PM »
Charlie,

Again many thanks for your great help.   PhilipG.