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Offline WW1Research

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Levi Dutton
« on: June 26, 2020, 03:37:25 PM »
Hi Everyone

I'm new here so thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

I'm trying to find out more about my great-grandfather, Levi Dutton.

I know that he enlisted in the Manchester regiment in May 1916 aged 38 and was discharged in 1919. His campaigns sheet lists the BEF on 6.3.17.

His regimental number was 426919 and his unit number was 5595 A/Cpl in the Manchester Regiment - Labour Corps. From his short service record it looks like he served in the 2/5 Manchester regiment but I can’t be certain of this. I also struggle to read the written entries on records. I've been trying to link regimental numbers and unit numbers to battalions or corps to see where he was posted but without much success.

My main interest is in trying to identify where he was posted and what, if any, battles he served in to learn more about what his experience of the war would have been like.

Thanks again

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 04:54:27 PM »
Welcome to the forum
Levi Dutton served with the 2/5th Bn from probably the end of March till 1st Nov 1917 when he was transferred to 254 Employment Company, Labour Corps. The first few weeks of his time with the BEF would have been at an Infantry Base Depot. He had previously (pre war) served 7 years with the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

There is nothing in his service record to suggest why he was transferred to the Labour Corps. I am guessing it was on account of his age.

Charlie

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 05:18:22 PM »
FMP shows Levi Dutton served in 3rd Militia Bttn from 1896.
Welcome to the Forum.
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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 08:39:37 PM »
Many thanks Charlie and Tim for taking the time to reply.

Can you give any information on what the 2/5th were doing in the time between March and November 1917 when Levi was with them?

Thanks

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 09:04:01 PM »
Welcome to the forum

If you follow the link to our main site

http://www.themanchesters.org/2-5th%20batt.htm

It will give you some idea of what the 2nd/5th was doing.

Then click on

The History of the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division

at the bottom of the page, that the 2nd/5th was part of for more information.

Hope this helps

Timberman

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 09:10:33 PM »
Brilliant thanks.

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 09:30:39 PM »
You could also download the battalion war diary https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7355577 Which records the day to day doings of the battalion.
Downloads are free at the moment.
Charlie

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Re: Levi Dutton
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 11:29:19 PM »
Hi Neil,
I'd never read those links before. An outstanding record and sympatheitcally written in the context. Credit due to the author(s).
Tim
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