ororkep, on 16 September 2011 - 03:31 PM, said:
I suspect this is the distance between two garrisons of the then British Empire. The RGA and other units manned these and other garrisons in India on a rotational basis, but this was not when he was with 520 SB. Without more information I cannot yet pinpoint the company Meckiffe was with in India but with such a distinctive surname the 1911 census may provide you with the answer. 520 SB would be the last battery he served with during the Great War, as it only went out to the Western front in March 1918. Prior to that he saw servce on the Western Front with 108 SB, a 6in Howitzer battery, until posted to home establishment in May 1917 at Vimy.
HI PAUL, I thanks again for the info you have provided, I wonder if you can clarify a few points.
I wonder if you know what the "home establishment" refers to that you mention in 1917 at Vimy ?
Do you know of any records indicating that something extra terrible or traumatic happened on one of these regular marches between the two garrisons, this is the family information that has been handed down to me ?
I have found out that he was with the No7 Mountain Battery RGA , Quetta from a return in the 1911 census as you suggested, thanks. How can I tell where we was posted from here, is there something that shows transfers between regiments?
I have also managed to clarify that his first regt service number was 31013 and he final number he received in 1920 was 1404471.
I am very grateful for the time and effort you have put into helping me. I have managed to scan a card he sent to his parents which has some detail on the reverse but unfortunately a very faded image on the front. I thought you may like to see this. I have both sides scanned but have had to reduce the quality and size drastically to allow it to be attached , sorry.