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17th battalion 2nd City / 17th battalion officers
« Last post by Tim Bell on August 26, 2022, 06:07:08 PM »
Roll & Photo
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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by Bob.NB on August 21, 2022, 11:28:40 AM »
Colin,
There's a bit in the regimental history but not much (attached).
Apologies for the quality but I can never get a decent image to upload.
Bob B
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Hello / MOVED: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by Tim Bell on August 18, 2022, 11:42:25 AM »
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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by charlie on August 18, 2022, 08:20:27 AM »
Tim
The disembarkation date is not correct, the battalion embarked at Karachi on 27th August and sailed for France on the 29th arriving in France on the 27th September.

The 27th August is a clerical error repeated on the 1st Bn 1914 Star medal roll.

Charlie
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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by Tim Bell on August 18, 2022, 08:03:47 AM »
Morning Colin,
As a brief summary of James Mitchell’s service, he had enlisted on 21/03/1906 - a pre-war regular serving with 1st Bn in India.  He embarked for France with the rest of the Bn on 27/08/1914. James was in a wounded list published on 25/12/1914. All overseas service was with 1st Bn and at some stage James was wounded (again). He was discharged as Private, due to wounds to the arms & head, with an Army Pension on 11/08/1916.  He was also diagnosed with TB (not attributable to service allegedly) and lived at Myrtle Cottage, Bradwicks Marsh, Hampton in Arden. Born 1895.
A summary of the Bn record is here http://themanchesters.org/1st%20batt.htm
James’ LG entry on 17/02/1915 was for the award or mention in Sir John French’s Despatches.  The DCM citation was published on 01/04/1915. Both entries relate to action at Neuve Chapelle on 27/11/1914. He also received a 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Welcome to the forum.  If you have details of his place of birth and family we may be able to find out further details.
Tim

Edited with Charlie's help.


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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by charlie on August 18, 2022, 05:48:29 AM »
The battalion war diary can be downloaded for free from the National Archives if you create an account.
https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7356085

Charlie
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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by ColG1 on August 17, 2022, 10:20:21 PM »
Thank you Charlie. Really helpful.
So what do we know about what was going on that day? 27 November 1914?
Is there such a thing as a regimental/Battalion/Company diary that might shed some light?
You have a super interesting forum set up - well done.
Colin
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1914 - 1918 / Re: Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by charlie on August 17, 2022, 08:22:55 PM »
Welcome to the forum Colin
The citation is short
Charlie
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1914 - 1918 / Researching Private J.Mitchell
« Last post by ColG1 on August 17, 2022, 04:28:46 PM »
Hello All.
I am researching a Private J.Mitchell 1st Bn Manchester Regiment. Pvt Mitchell (No.906) was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal circa Feb 1917. Wondering if anyone has come across him or the citation for the DCM. London Gazette of 17/02/15 mentions it but does not provide any information on how/why it was awarded.
Thanks for any thoughts
Colin
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Hello / Re: Hello - researching Sergeant Thomas Broadbent (Reg No. 6960)
« Last post by charlie on August 17, 2022, 03:52:07 PM »
I think the best bet would for you to post a high res scan of the shoulder title. Another option, if you haven‘t already done so, would be to post the photo on the Great War Forum https://www.greatwarforum.org/ there are some very knowledgable people regarding badges and uniform on the site.

Charlie
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