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Offline grimmy

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Help with Service Record
« on: October 07, 2010, 05:20:30 PM »
I'm trying to make sense of the service record of my great uncle William Fowler Henshall (b.1885), who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery until dysentery got the better of him.

However there are references to his having served in 6th Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment and 15th (Oldham) Battalion, Lancs Volunteers, but I can't make sense of the chronology.

Could some kind soul please tell me what unit he joined and when?

Many thanks.
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 tonyrod

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010, 05:31:27 PM »
hi grimmy, if you post a copy on this board i am sure it will be sorted  out , Maximum attachment size allowed: 800 KB, per post,

Offline grimmy

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010, 05:44:59 PM »
OK Here he is joining the RGA in 1915 (note reference to 6th Mancs):

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 grimmy

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 05:47:55 PM »
Then he's joining the 15th Oldhamers in 1916:

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 grimmy

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 05:49:51 PM »
But he's still listed in the RGA in 1917:

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 mack

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2010, 08:58:56 PM »
hiya grimmy.
the 15th lancs volunteers were similar to the home guard in WW2,they were not part of the manchester regimental system,but they were badged up to them and they recieved support and advice from the 3rd line territorial battalion[3/10th manchesterrs],they trained during the evening+at weekends,their strenghth in 1915 was 600 all ranks,he was later transferred to the RGA.

mack ;D

Offline grimmy

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Re: Help with Service Record
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2010, 10:25:43 AM »
Thanks mack. It does state on another (RGA) sheet that he was:

Attested: 10-12-15
To Army Reserve: 11-12-15
Mobilized: 16-6-17

Presumably he joined the 15 Lancs in 1916 to 'keep his eye in' until the call came.

The dysentery didn't kill him BTW, but it got him home from Aden.

On a totally unrelated matter - his sister Lucy once entertained Roy Rogers to tea  ;)
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.