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Albert Edward Dove

Postby angelacaryl » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:17 pm

Albert Edward Dove was born on 6th August 1900 in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, I know he served in Ireland in the First World War, but I don't know where and there is no medal card for him, can anyone help?, I would be really grateful.
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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby Sylcec » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:53 am

Angela
While I am not 100% certain on this, if your ancestor ONLY served in the UK including Ireland in WWI, then I don't believe that he would have received the war medals, not having served abroad.

I'm not sure what to suggest except that Albert Dove may have been a despatch rider with one of the cyclist battalions stationed in Ireland. There were also some cavalry reserve regiments stationed in Ireland. Our other military experts will come up with some more ideas.
You should also do a search on The Long Long Trail http://www.1914-1918.net

It would also be helpful if you had a photo of him in uniform to share.
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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:24 am

Sylvia is correct in her understanding - campaign medals were only issued to Army soldiers for service outside the UK ( which included Ireland at the time ).

The only exception that I have ever heard of was in relation to bombardments by the German fleet when some soldiers in shore batteries were killed (?) and it was felt a bit poor form not to issue them to the casualties or their dependents.

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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby Jethro Tull » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:10 am

Possibly check navy records. My g.g.grandad never served overseas during ww1 but was in the navy serving as an instructor from various shore establishments within the UK and he recieved the British War Medal.

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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:11 pm

Thanks Jethro - I remembered just in time to caveat my reply to refer to the Army. I'm not sure what the exact eligibility criteria for the Navy were but I do know that shore based guys in the UK might get something.

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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby ColinB » Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:34 pm

Findmypast has enlistment records for the Royal Tank Corps 1919-1934. An Albert Edward Dove born 1900 in East Cowes is listed there , father A Dove 34 Clarence Road East Cowes - is this the right man ?

Reg number 5486160 enlisted 3.9.24. in Winchester aged 24 yrs 28 days . Former service of 3 years 282 days in Hampshire Regiment Reg. number 30619 is noted. Unfortunately it's not clear when this earlier service took place but he is described as a labourer so it can't have been immediately before 1924.
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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby peter kent » Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:51 am

Why do you think he was in WW1? If he was born in 1900, he wouldn't have been 18 until August 1918. There wouldn't have been much war left then!
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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby Jethro Tull » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:12 am

Plenty of people joined up underage and lied about their age. I think the navy age was as young as 15 for a "boy" to be officially recruited.

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Re: Albert Edward Dove

Postby peter kent » Mon Jun 22, 2015 8:31 am

I didn't say he couldn't have been in the war - I was saying that it was possible for him not to have been.
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