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Offline Bob.NB

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Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« on: August 05, 2011, 04:19:39 PM »
I am trying to research a certain Tom Green who served in the Boer war as 13110 Pte T Green, Royal Army Medical Corps and in WWI as 36540 Pte T Green, Manchester Regiment.
I have found his attestation papers for his Boer War service and his service papers for WWI.
In the Boer War he appears to have spent his time at the No. 5 General Hospital, Cape Town and his entry on the Queen's South Africa Medal Roll, under the RAMC, lists him with a number of men in the "Manchester Cos V M S Corps" which I think  stands for  "Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps."
However I have been unable to find out anything about this unit.
I note in Appendix 2 of "Amateur Soldiers. A History of Oldham's Volunteers and Territorials, 1859-1938" that in 1900 a section of men from the 6th Volunteer Battalion (Oldham), Manchester Regiment went to serve with the RAMC.
Tom Green appears to have been from Chorlton-Cum-Medlock, not Oldham, so did other Volunteer Battalions send men to the RAMC?
Can anyone give me any information on the Manch Cos V M S Corps or advise me where I might continue my search.
As always any information very gratefully received.
Thank you.
Bob B.

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011, 12:12:47 PM »
Kingo,
Many thanks.
All very interesting articles. Those from the Glasgow Herald are particularly interesting as the dates tie in with Tom Green's departure for South Africa on 24 Feb 1900.
Rather interestingly the QSA roll only shows clear entitlement to the "Cape Colony" clasp but there is a faint tick in the column for the "Orange Free State" clasp. Both clasps are on his medal so I assume he got both even though he appears to have been based in Cape Town. He doesn't appear to be entitled to a "South Africa 1901" clasp even though he did not leave South Africa until July/Aug 1901 - I can only assume that, because he was based in Cape Town, he was not considered to be "at the front." ?
His group also has a "Manchester Harriers Tribute Medal" for those members of the club who served in the Boer War. If anyone is interested I can post a photo of it.
Thanks again and best wishes.
Bob

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011, 02:11:26 PM »
Your welcome Bob  ;). The images appear to have gone  ???. I shall re-post them incase you didn't get them.
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011, 03:20:45 PM »
Kingo,
Thanks again.
Could you just let me know the papers and dates of those articles so that I can make a note.
I thought that St John's Ambulance were the only medical volunteers in the Boer War - you live and learn!
Thanks again.
Bob

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011, 04:45:50 PM »
No 1- Leeds Mercury 12/04/1888
No 2- Morning Post 25/05/1896
No3 and 4- Glasgow Herald 13/02/1900
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 07:24:31 PM »
Bob, From the Manchester Times of Saturday 21st August 1886.

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

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Re: Manchester Companies Volunteer Medical Staff Corps.
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 09:47:43 AM »
Kingo,
That's brilliant - everything falls into place.
Thanks and best wishes.
Bob