Author Topic: Pte 3535809 COUSINS, Edward George  (Read 3153 times)

John R

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Pte 3535809 COUSINS, Edward George
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:32:20 AM »
Hello, I am new to the Forum and am researching my wife's father, Pte Edward George COUSINS. He was born in 1914 in Seacombe, Wallasey, Cheshire. I believe he enlisted in the Manchester Regiment around 1940-41. His widow's papers included the attached mounted photo which you will see is printed with the wording "MANCHESTER REGIMENT. Official Photographers: Mayfair Studios, Old Street, Ashton under Lyne" and the Fleur de Lys badge. We have positiveely identfied him sitting front row second from right. I am just guessing that this was typical photo taken soon after a recruit's enlistment, possibly at Regimental HQ at Ashton. Is anybody able to tell from the photo setting if this is likely?

He subsequently transferred to the Devonshire Regiment and was eventually killed in action in Normandy in July 1944 whilst serving with 86 Battn (5th Devons) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. We got his service number, 3535809, from his 1944 Soldiers Will and the CWGC. I gather that a soldier would normally but not necessarily have kept his service number throught his army service, so I presume that this number was given to him when he first joined the Manchesters. Would this be in their range? Is it possible to tell which battalion from his service number? If so, whether Territorial / Volunteer or Regular?

I am currently seeking his Attestation record from Tameside Local Studies Library on assumption that is the only place I am likely to find it unless anybody can tell me otherwise. I am also applying to Glasgow for his service record but in the meantime would welcome any information / guidance / pointers that any one you can provide.

If I have posted this in the wrong section please accept my apologies. Any assistance will be much appreciated.

John R

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Re: Pte 3535809 COUSINS, Edward George
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2008, 12:45:04 PM »
Hi John

and welcome to the forum

by the time Edward was serving, a soldier would have kept the same service number even if he moved regiments


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Re: Pte 3535809 COUSINS, Edward George
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2008, 01:39:53 PM »

Thanks for the confirmation about keeping service numbers, thought this might be so.  I have just had an e-mail from Tameside Library that confirms he was enlisted with the Manchesters on 18 Jul 1940 with that same number. This came from his enlistment (attestation?) record which also showed him as having transferred to the 5th Devonshire Regiment on 4 April 1941 and this ties in with information I have that he was billeted with 5th Devons in Kent in July 1941.

I am now wondering why he was transferred. Does anyone know if there was a general transfer of men from certain battalions of the Manchesters to the Devons around that time?

Still interested to hear if anybody can tell me the location of the photo.