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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.
Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:03 PM
There is some information on “Alan Greveson's World War I Forum”, page 132
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"Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Wednesday 2nd June 2010 at 4:58 PM
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".
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