Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:27 pm
Almost a year ago (blimey!) I posted an enquiry about whether RDC men ever served overseas, possibly in connection with prisoner escort/exchange duties. (‘Royal Defence Corps’, Units and Formations, 8/12/10). The replies I received strongly suggested that this did in fact take place.
As it seems that interest is continuing to grow in the role of the RDC I’d like to re-raise the query, and ask whether any forum members have found any more evidence of RDC men serving in France (e.g. the Base area) particularly in connection with POW duties.
A couple of the things which intrigue me:
- Captain Horace Goater RDC, kia 10/8/18 aged 43, and buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. His headstone bears the RDC badge and shows his unit as the Royal Defence Corps, though he was attached 2/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment when he died. Killed by a sniper whist Btn was in the line at Nieppe. His medal index card shows RDC only, entry to theatre 3/6/18.
- Entry from Hansard 9 March 1920:
ROYAL DEFENCE CORPS (MEDAL).
HC Deb 09 March 1920 vol 126 c1121W1121W
asked the Secretary of State for War if it is the intention of the War Office to grant a medal to the noncommissioned officers and men of the Royal Defence Corps who were called up at the outbreak of war and served four and a half years, guarding prisoners, railways, docks, &c, both at home and in France?
Soldiers who served overseas during the War are entitled to the British War Medal, and if they served in a theatre of war to the Victory Medal also. The question of the award of a medal for service at home is under consideration.
Any information gratefully received.