ss002d6252, on 29 January 2012 - 01:52 PM, said:
Reserve battalions were used to train new recruits and to bring injured men back up to fitness before posting back to an active battalion.
There's no easy way to track men without their service records although sometimes blocks of men can be determined and movements derived from these.
John Henson Dale appears to have been #4215 and was posted to France on 27 Jan 1915 as a corporal. The MIC shows he was later K.I.A in 11 Mar 1915. I would suspect he was posted to make up losses in a battalion and was quite possibly posted directly to the 1st Bn.
thanks for your response
1. You said :- "Reserve battalions were used to train new recruits and to bring injured men back up to fitness before posting back to an active battalion"
Have I got it right then ?:
reserve battalions were just Training/Depot/return to fitness Battalions. . .NOT FOR RESUPPLYING SOLDIERS TO MAKE UP LOSSES IN FRONT LINE UNITS
2. I am afraid John H Dale #4215 is not my man. (John Henson Dale survived the war, altho' we believe his leg was injured due to an accident with a train)
Regards. .. Jeff Dale