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Offline grimmy

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16th Battalion C Company Platoon 10 Section 8
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:36:52 PM »
Family photo:

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

Offline Jashton

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Re: 16th Battalion C Company Platoon 10 Section 8
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 11:46:48 PM »
Please forgive the question of a non-military historian - but how can one find which "section" a soldier was in? Or - what, in this context, is "Section 8"? I have one photograph of my g-g-uncle (signaller) Rowland Ashton, and would like to be able to pinpoint him on the regimental ones, but I don't know how to find out if he might be one of the men in this group. He was certainly in C Company, platoon 10, and appears on their family photo, but again there is no definite way to know which he might be, even given the image I have.I do think there is a certain resemblance to one of the men here, who I'd also singled out on the larger group. 

Offline charlie

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Re: 16th Battalion C Company Platoon 10 Section 8
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2018, 05:59:52 PM »
Hello Janet and welcome to the forum.

An infantry battalion in 1914 had a strength of 1007 Officers and Men, the battalion was divided up into a Headquarters, 4 Companies and a Machinegun section. The companies were normaly designated A,B,C and D, although W-Z and 1-4 were sometimes used. A company had a strength of 277 Officers and Men and was divided up into 4 Platoons. Platoons 1-4 belonged to A Company, 5-8 to B Company etc. Each Platoon was divided up into 4 Sections, each with a strength of 12 men.

The Platoon is usually the smallest unit that a soldier is recorded as being a member of.

Hope this helps
Charlie

Offline Jashton

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Re: 16th Battalion C Company Platoon 10 Section 8
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2018, 06:53:58 PM »
Thank you, Charlie - that's useful to know. So we won't be able to narrow down who is on that photo unless we recognise them for certain from elsewhere....

Best,

Janet