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Offline PhilipG

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47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« on: March 22, 2020, 11:35:04 AM »
This soldier was kia on the 22nd October 1917 in the Ypres Salient, age 26.   His name is engraved on the panels of the Tyne Cot Memorial.    He enlisted in Stockport and I see his next of kin lived in the Adswood part of that town.      SDGW advise that before joining the Manchesters he was serving in the RDC having the service number 52050.

I have not hitherto come across this route to infantry service and wonder if this method was unusual.        PhilipG.

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Re: 47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 12:56:41 PM »
William originally enlisted in 16th Bttn, 7338, on 9/1/1915. He was transferred to 25th Bttn on 30/8/1915, 2nd GB on 2/2/1916 and RDC on 29/4/1916. He returned to 3rd Bttn on 12/12/1916, before going overseas on 12/1/1917 and joining 23rd Bttn on 15/1/1917. Missing assumed dead.
I suspect William had been deemed unfit for overseas service in 1915.  He either improved, or the standard of health was lowered before he was called back to the Regiment.  I suspect the latter.

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Re: 47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 07:48:42 AM »

Tim,

Thank you.  PhilipG.

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Re: 47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2020, 10:57:37 AM »
Tim,

 I wrote "I have not hitherto.............................".   Accordingly, I have always assumed that previous service with the RDC  (as indicated in SDGW) was the pattern before joining a battalion.   Some research suggests that the RDC was formed in March 1916.   Thus, from what you write, the pattern for Pte Pollard was :    battalion - RDC- and then RDC to battalion again.

My impression is that the RDC was being used as a temporary placement for an unfit soldier.  Have I got it right do you think?   PhilipG.

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Re: 47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2020, 11:27:57 AM »
the RDC was for men who were not up to active or garrison service,but were able to function as guards,they were basically armed security guards,thats not being derogatory to these men,they deserve as much praise as any other soldier because without them,the sabotours would have run riot,they were given regular medicals and any who were later found fit enough for military service were transferred to garrison or active service battalions,pollard is the first one I have come across

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Re: 47036 Pte Wm. Nuttall Pollard :23rd Manchesters
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2020, 12:45:11 PM »
Mack,

Thank you.   The SDGW entry caught my attention, hence my query.   Thanks again.  PhilipG.