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Pte James A Welsh Gordon Highlanders 11371

Postby janice52 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:12 am

A friend has asked me to find out everything I can about Private James A Welsh of F company, 6 battalion, Gordon Highlanders, 20th brigade, 7 division, British Expeditionary Force, France. He has a sketchers note book with these details inscribed. The book mainly contains photographs - some with a railway theme. Also on one page is a name and address - D Rigsby, 220 Cowick Road, Tooting, SW17.
My friend would like to know if he is related or to find those that are.
So far all I have been able to find is his medal card. As his service records were probably destroyed I have not been able to find anything about his origins.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Pte James A Welsh Gordon Highlanders 11371

Postby meekhcs » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:55 am

His service records are on FindmyPast
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Re: Pte James A Welsh Gordon Highlanders 11371

Postby ciderdrinker » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:29 am

Hello
his medal card is also on Ancestry.
It says he served in France from 13.5.1915
Was discharged 9.5.1919 from the Army Service Corps to which he was transferred.
He got the 3 usual medals -Victory,British and Star.
His service record gives him as James Alexander Welsh born Newhills,Aberdeenshire.
Enlisted 22.10.1914
Embarked from Southampton to Rouen 10.3.1915
ASC 17.7.1915
Various postings after that.
Late for roll call 22.1.1918
Most of the record is missing and it is in the Burnt documents

There is a possible separate attestation from the same regiment and battalion from the Territorial reserves 19.10.1914
James Alexanber Welsh -Carlingcraig Croft Inverkeithing
age 19 4 mths 5ft 5i/2 in
2 next of kin John Shirran Steam Mill owner crossed out and mother Mary Lawrence Carlingcraig nr Turriff
The same punishment 22.1.1918 so probably the same man.
He was employed as a blacksmith in the Army and then a Mechanical engineer

In 1901 he is at Carlingcarig croft ,Auchterless with his grandparents Alexander and Margaret Welsh 68 and 64 stone dyker,mother Mary Welsh 23 and sister Alice 2.
Uncles James 1869,John 1872,Alexander 1876

It looks like he went to Quebec Canada in 1921.He was aiming for Toronto on the Marburn dep Huntland.
Wife Jane left at Drumblair Cottage Forgue Aberdeenshire
He returned 6.9.1924 via Glasgow.

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