Posted 27 June 2009 - 03:59 PM
David suggested << Training Battalions in India. - somewhere there will be an Order or Instruction regarding the formation of these units within the Indian Establishment.
However even though ACI's and AO's are very informative regarding the formation of new units, I'm also beginning to wonder where there additional Instructions and Orders formulated purely for the Indian establishment, in which case these would have been authorised and printed in India, with a copy going to the War Office in England. If this can be proved be the case, then one has to wonder what happend to them. In the meantime the ACI's and AO's we have here are still a good source of information. >>
This is fascinating!
Does this mean that my Gt Uncle may have been recruited and trained in India?
How would I be able to find his enrolment or attestation records?. He served right through WW1 and came out a highly decorated officer.[William Henry BROOKES Birth: c1885 Murree, West Bengal, India Died: 29 Jun 1942 Selly Oak Hospital, Raddlebarn Road, Birmigham latterly Chief Recruiting Officer, Midland Division. Service Number 1965]. He was married in 1906 in Birmingham when he was already a soldier and was evidently posted to Kirkee with his new wife immediately following the wedding. There they had two children in 1908 [yet another William who also served as an officer in the RA in WW2] and 1910, prior to their return to UK in time to be on the 1911 census in Hants, where he is found as a Sgt in 127 Battery RHA.
His WW1 medal cards give no clue of his earlier records indeed they are confusing in some respects - he had two more service numbers! - and his family origins are somewhat conjectural and based upon the CWGC site which shows his death during WW2 and suggests that his father and mother (also William & Elizabeth Brookes) were stil alive.. but where!
Any thoughts appreciated - is this a classical case for a visit to the IOR at BL?