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Offline timberman

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Reinforcements
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:32:45 PM »
There may be a simple answer to my question, any reply will be
appreciated.

In the war diaries for the 2nd Bn I came across a list of soldiers
being held in reserve as reinforcements when the rest of the Bn
went into action.

The list consisted of the following made up of men from all four
A,B,C and D, they are all named.

Officers
W.O's
Corporals
Lance Corporals
NCO's and men signalers
Rifle bombers
Drums
Bombing Instructors
Gas Instructors
Lewis gun Instructors
Snipers and Observers.

Why were these men chosen, did they take the names out of a hat.
Any ideas

Thanks

Timberman
« Last Edit: March 16, 2019, 02:44:29 PM by timberman »

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Re: Reinforcements
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 10:00:25 PM »
I might be wrong but do you think that they are the nucleas to reform the battalion if the forthcoming attack is very costly,the men listed are all NCOs and specialists the right men to reform and retrain the new drafts

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Re: Reinforcements
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 10:07:04 PM »
Thanks Mack

I found the list while looking for some details on an Officer I was researching.
Jumping out of the page was my Grandfathers name as one of the soldiers.
This was a great find on my part as only soldiers for awards and officers
are generally named.

Timberman

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Re: Reinforcements
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 02:56:00 AM »
you must be well chuffed mate,ime fairly sure the men would have been hand picked,do you recall the thread about HMS dragonfly,a hand picked group of NCOs and specialists were evacuated from Singapore to reform the battalion,sadly they never made it

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Re: Reinforcements
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 11:21:36 AM »
Timberman,

I seem to think the exercise you mention was called "left out of battle".     It must have been an unenviable task for those concerned in deciding who should go into battle and who should be given the possibility of safety by not going into action.

Some years ago I came across this procedure in respect of a friend of Robert Graves (Royal Welch Fus.).   This man had a distinguished military career and as a senior company commander was invaluable on the battlefield, his efforts earning him a Military Cross at Bazentin-le-Petit.   Unfortunately, these qualities always led to his CO using him for difficult tasks.   In such circumstances it seemed inevitable that his fate would be to fall in battle.  Such turned out to be the case in September 1916 in action at Ginchy.   His CO wrote "He was my best Company Commander and a born soldier".    PhilipG.

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Re: Reinforcements
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 08:26:14 PM »
Thank you Philip

Mack
I was, although I have his RAF records, the Manchester records did not survive
so any little bit of information that turns up is like getting a golden nugget.
There has been a few of them over the last 11+ years on this forum :) :)

Neil