Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:16 am
There is definitely a splitting up of men in the records I've seen. Here is a summary:
2/1st Notts RHA as 816 Battery were split between going home, joining 1070 Bty, 1072 Bty or 429 Bty.
12-02-19 some sailed (to UK?) on SS City of Sparta and struck off strength.
23-02-19 some sailed (to UK?) on SS Chakdara and struck off strength.
07-03-19 those left joined these other batteries in 222nd Bde RFA (sometimes written as if still with 215th Bde RFA)
24-03-19 some embarked for UK via India on HT Ekma, others remain at Sheikh Habib (no mention of Basra anywhere).
24-04-19 HT Elephanta embarked for Bombay, arriving 30-04-19, these men taken on strength of No. 34 Special Battn. at Bangalore.
30-05-19 one group moved to RA Depot, Ambala, arriving 04-06-19 and struck off strength of No. 34 Special Battn.
09-06-19 one group moved to No.1 Special Bty, Jubbulpore, arriving 12-06-19 and struck off strength of No. 34 Special Battn.
05-08-19 it looks like one or both groups have moved to Military Base Depot, Rawalpindi and posted to 77th Bty (7th Bde)
(Looks like this is sometimes written as 1.77 Bty in the IGSM rolls)
I've seen a few at other RA Depots at Kirkee, Peshawar and Deolali after this time.
22-09-19 some sailed from India (to UK?) on HT Merkara
24-09-19 some sailed from India (to UK?) on SS City of York
As I only started looking at these records over the last week I'm still finding more to add to this complicated story.
Also possible spelling errors in the ships names as I haven't checked them all out.