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We spoke briefly over a decade ago when I was researching my great grandfather, Wilfred West, who joined the 3rd battalion Buffs in April 1915 and then was transferred to the 5th and ended up going into Baghdad.
I have his NA record now and some of it is very diffcult to read. I was wondering, if you have the time, whether you might look it over and see if you can make sense of some of it. Knowing terminology you probably can identify words I can't etc.
I'm more than willing to pay you for your time.
Also I have just had an email from a lady who needed some help on her relative. I have found his birth for her and an issue of The Dragon in which his promotion ceremony to CSM in 1938 is mentioned. I'm going to see if I can find more, but his name is Arthur William Elvery if you have any accessible information.
I would be very grateful for any help you could offer to complete my grandad's picture and this lady would also be overjoyed at your help. If this is your site you can see my email address, or I can send it to you if you have a contact form or something.
With very best wishes and many thanks,
Sorry for the delay. I’ll put some notes together and post them in the next few days
Thank you, Mick.
Do you want me to send you photocopies of the records?
I hope all is well with you.
I have seen the service document and here are some notes on the military aspects. Unfortunately I'm unable to trace the other chap as service documents from the post WW1 era are not in the public domain
Joined The Buffs at Dover on 14/4/1915 as a volunteer for the duration of the war.
Posted to the 3rd Battalion at the depot at Canterbury
Given service number G6096
Appointed unpaid Lance Corporal 16/5/1915
Appointed paid Lance Corporal 21/9/1915
Appointed paid Acting Corporal 24/7/1916
He would normally have been allocated to one of the New Army battalions (6th, 7th or 8th) and gone overseas within a few months but for some reason he stayed with the 3rd Battalion at the depot
Posted to the 5th Battalion. This was a Territorial Battalion so it is unusual to see New Army men posted to it. The 5th Battalion had suffered losses in Mesopotamia in January 1917. These were mainly replaced by 4th Battalion (also Territorials) men who were serving in India so I don’t know why this man was sent there and not to the Western Front.
Embarked for India 14/3/1917
Embarked at Bombay 28/5/1917 on HT Mutlah
Disembarked at Basrah 5/6/1917
Joined 5th Battalion 9/7/1917
Admitted 21 Field Ambulance with debility 17/8/1917 then 27 Casualty Clearing Station
To convalescence at depot in Baghdad 19/8/1917
Rejoined unit 8/9/1917
Admitted 21 Field Ambulance with pharyngitis 21/9/1917
Rejoined unit 29/9/1917
Admitted 21 Field Ambulance with septic hand ?? 30/10/1917
Rejoined unit 12/11/1917
To soda water factory ?? 15/3/1918
Rejoined unit 24/3/1918
Admitted 22 Field Ambulance 9/6/1918 injury to forehead ?? (maybe something to with the explosion of a gas cylinder or regulator which is referred to in the fragmented inquiry in his service record)
Returned to duty 10/6/1918
Proficiency pay increased to Class 1 1/7/1918
Rejoined 5th Buffs 18/1/1919
Embarked on SS Elephanta ?? for home 4/3/1919
Transferred to Class Z of the Army Reserve (normal for discharged men) 7/5/1919
I am very grateful for the addition to my notes that you have provided.
Thank you ever so much.
With very best wishes,
You’re welcome Rich. Glad to be of help