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Any know what regiment this is?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:22 pm
by woodchal
Not the best picture, but probably dates from 1915/16 - name Charles Edgar Simpson b 31st Oct 1884. I can't find military record, so anyone have any suggestions? He survived the war
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Re: Any know what regiment this is?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:24 pm
by AdrianB38
You presumably know he's an officer?

The basic problem with officers is that whereas the Arnside St fire in WW2 destroyed up to 75% of service papers for enlisted men (i.e. those not commissioned officers), it destroyed all service papers for officers. Stuff does remain for them (see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-officers-after-1913/) but it's the ancillary papers and not everyone had such papers.

They may appear in Medal Rolls if issued with campaign medals. However, unlike enlisted men, who got theirs automatically, officers had to actually apply - and many didn't bother, so won't appear in the Medal Rolls or Medal Index Cards. (And you though the Establishment looked after its own and made the workers work for it... Nope. Other way round for Officers in regards of campaign medals!)

Any officers are normally obvious in Medal Index Card listings as they didn't have "regimental" numbers. Unless they were promoted from the ranks during the war, in which case their MICs might refer to their original rank and number, depending on the qualifying criteria for that medal.

There will be "one" place though that an officer will appear. In the Army Lists. Some of these can be found on https://archive.org/search.php?query=%281918%29%20AND%20collection%3A%28nlsarmylists%29 - look in the indexes at the back. His appointment and promotions should also appear in the London Gazette, which is online though has a rather "challenging" interface.

Re: Any know what regiment this is?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:53 pm
by woodchal
I think I have now worked out that he joined the ASC as a private and after a spell as a Sargent he was commissioned on 17/3/1918. He was active in France from 9/9/15. I guess therefore is from 1918 shortly after he was commissioned


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Re: Any know what regiment this is?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:20 am
by AdrianB38
ASC would figure from the badge shape as the ASC badge was a star, basically. Unfortunately, so were the badges of several other regiments, though most star badges (not all) had a scroll beneath.

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