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#1 coldm

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:03 PM

Dear All

I recently discovered that one of my relatives served in India with the 2nd (Garrison) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Could someone please tell me where they served in the country and what they did while they were there?

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#2 Chris_Baker

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:38 AM

That is the 2nd Battalion. The 2nd Garrison Battalion served in India.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 02:53 PM

Hi Chris

"I deleted my last post on this subject"

Only other thing I found was AHMEDNAGER, INDIA.

google search:

"Full Text of Tales of AHMEDNAGER INDIA in Central and Southen India".

By: Captain, Cecil Cowley M.C.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:58 PM

2nd Garrison Bn. Formed at Newcastle in Oct 1915. Went to India in Feb 1916 and joined the Sialkot Brigade, 2nd (Indian) Division.

Sialkot Brigade.

2nd Garrison Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. Mar 1916 - Mar 1917. To the 6th Poona divisional area.
1st Garrison Bn Yorkshire Regt. Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918.
1st Bn Duke of Wellington’s Regt. Feb 1915 - Jun 1915. To the 1st Division.
1st Bn Duke of Wellington’s Regt. Jul 1915 - Apr 1917. To the 4th Brigade.
24th Bn Rifle Brigade. Apr 1917 - 11 Nov 1918.



Poona Brigade.

2nd Garrison Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. Mar 1917 - Oct 1917. Remained with the Division but at Ahmednagar.
1st Garrison Bn Norfolk Regt. Mar 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.
2/4th Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Aug 1917 - Sep 1917. To the 75th (British) Division.
1/5th Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Mar 1917 - May 1917. To the 75th (British) Division.
2/4th Bn Border Regt. Jan 1915 - Nov 1915. To the 5th Division.
1/4th Bn Hampshire Regt. Dec 1914 - Jan 1915. To the 2nd Division.
2/4th Bn Dorsetshire Regt. Jan 1915 - Feb 1915. Remained with the Division but at Ahmednagar.
1/4th Bn Wiltshire Regt. Mar 1917 - Sep 1917. To the 75th (British) Division.
2/4th Bn Wiltshire Regt. Dec 1914 - Mar 1917. To the 8th Division.



Attached Troops.

2nd Garrison Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. Oct 1917 - May 1918. To the Ahmednagar Brigade.
1st Garrison Bn Yorkshire Regt. Jan 1916 - Apr 1917. To the 2nd Division.
2/4th Bn Dorsetshire Regt. Feb 1915 - Jan 1916. To the 3rd Lahore divisional area.
2/4th Bn Dorsetshire Regt. May 1917 - Aug 1917. To the 75th (British) Division.

Ahmednagar Brigade. (Formed in May 1918).

2nd Garrison Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. May 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

Disbanded in UK 18/1/1920

Source: ttp://www.british-genealogy.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-19219.html

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hi

Many thanks for the reply to my post. It provides me with enough information to be going on with.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 06:05 PM

Can anyone assist with a query re the 2nd (Garrison) Bn Northumberland Fusiliers? Reading the above info, it seems that the Bn were in India up until the Armistice. However, one of the chaps I'm researching is shown as being a member of that Bn but is buried in Basra Cemetery. A little digging shows that between the 1st Nov 1918 & the 11th Nov 1918, there were 2 members of the 2nd (Garrison) Bn were buried in Basra Cemetery. Can anyone explain why they were there? For info, the chap I'm looking at was a regular 2nd Bn Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) who arrived in Mespot from India on the 6th Feb 1915.



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:03 PM

There is  some information on “Alan Greveson's World War I Forum”, page 132

http://www.circlecit...ex.php?page=132     

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"Reply from: Alan Greveson

Date: Wednesday 2nd June 2010 at 4:58 PM

Dear Mike,

Men of the 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers served in Mesopotamia from March 1917 until 1919. Whether this was the whole battalion, or elements of it, is not clear but the Battalion lost 179 men during the First World War and the majority died from sickness in Mesopotamia. The earliest death in Mesopotamia was on March 4th 1917 and the latest March 21st 1919….However, "Soldiers Died in the Great War" (HMSO, 1921) lists their first death in Mesopotamia on March 4th 1917 at Basra. It seems certain that all or part of the 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers arrived in Basra in late February or early March 1917. The deaths in Mesopotamia appeared to be from sickness including one from smallpox… The Garrison Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers appears to have remained in Mesopotamia until the winter of 1918/1919 as the last recorded death there was on January 4th 1919 at Amara. Amara was further North than Basra and was the headquarters from where the 13th Division started demobilisation in February 1919. The final death in the 2nd Garrison Battalion was recorded in India on March 21 1919. The 2nd Garrison Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers returned to England and was disbanded on January 8th 1920".

 

There is also a previous GWF link

http://1914-1918.inv...howtopic=108558

Cheers

Maureen

 

 





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