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Postby Richardsfamhistory » Sun May 18, 2008 4:13 am

I'm interested in persuing the military career of an Ancestor, Matthew Richards born on 9 Nov 1868 in Scotter, Lincolnshire. He married Sarah Jane Paulger, Spinster of Corringham, Lincolnshire on 12 Dec 1896 at the Registry Office in Gainsborough. His residence at the time their marriage was 4 Caskgate Street, Gainsborough and his occupation was Blacksmith.

From a copy of his ARMY RESERVE (SPECIAL RESERVISTS) ONE YEAR'S SERVICE ATTESTATION (OF No.35979 Matthew Richards) signed in LINCOLN on 25 SEPT 1914, he had completed 12 years service with the ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY Regt No.34632. He was discharged from the Army Reserve on 29 JULY 1916 in consequence of being no longer physically fit for war service. He commenced to receive his pension aged 42 years on 6 DEC 1916 (Chelsea No.92049).

He enlisted with the RFA Regt No.34632 on 10 APR 1899 until 25 SEPT 1914 when he signed (almost simultaneously) for the RFA Res. He had seen foreign service in INDIA (5 years & 9 months) and SOUTH AFRICA (1 year & 10 months). It is not clear exactly when he completed his foreign service, however a Medical Board report dated 15 JUL 1916 describes injuries originating from his time in SOUTH AFRICA in March 1900. These injuries would later contribute to his discharge from the Army. The report says that "his right hand jammed between the gun and wheels going into action. Served eleven years after receiving this injury as a SHOEING SMITH. Since rejoining has done his work as a shoeing smith until he came to PORTSMOUTH when he has been employed as a GROOM ORDERLY etc. The second and ring fingers have been amputated. He is unfit for his duties as a soldier, but is quite able to do his work as a smith."

It's not clear whether GUNNER RICHARDS saw active service in WWI, but his STATEMENT OF SERVICE shows postings with RFA 58th Bde in NOV 1914 and RFA 3A Res. Bde in AUG 1915, as either GUNNER or SHOEING SMITH.[/align] [/align]I would like to know his RFA BATTERY during his time in the regular army (Regt No.34632 from 10 April 1899 until 25 September 1914) inorder to track down war diaries, particularly his time in South Africa. How do I go about this?[/align][/align]
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