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#1 mortimer

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 03:40 PM

I was suprised, or just stupid, not to know the SLBn we in 2B...

The medal roll gives a '15 trio but it looks like it wasn't issued going by the MIC, if I'm reading it right?

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

Shouldn't this be in the Gallipoli sub forum?

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:53 PM

I assumed West African soldiers could go in this section?!

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:56 PM

There is no evidence I can see that the West African Frontier Force served out side Africa in WW1. The RWAFF in WW2 is quite a different matter. I can see the possibility of a officer being attached to another unit and ending up in Gallipoli. Do you have any evidence?

Given that a Sgt Major in the WAFF was the first soldier in the Imperial service to fire a shot in anger in WW1 in August 1914 (in Togo). members with the 14 or the 14/15 star would not be odd.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:59 PM

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Thank you for pointing this out.

(And I think that this is the correct thread anyway.)

I checked several other Sierra Leone Battalion Medal Index Cards and 2B is a common entry.

However neither Haywood & Clarke's The History of The Royal West African Frontier Force nor Lieutenant R.P.M. Davis' History of the Sierra Leone Battalion of the Royal West African Frontier Force mention any soldiers leaving West Africa during the Great War.

Perhaps a clerical error set in in the MIC office.

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 03:04 PM

Re WAFF @ Gallipoli see 'A History of Sierra Leone & Liberia' by R West page 287 on SLBn missing Togo but got to the Cameroons & carriers EA & Middle east! Which by I assume he means the Levant.



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