Posted 03 March 2012 - 03:19 pm
I am researching my great uncle James Alfred Wake born 1887 in Wandsworth London. He was the oldest of four siblings to serve in the Great War. He was attested in Stratford London on 12th June 1907 joining the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry but states he was already serving in 5 th Rifle Brigade that he describes as a Militia, not sure what that involves, he was 20 at the time. I have visited the excellent museum at Bodmin Cornwall and found his name in the records as arriving there on 14th June. Ancestry records appear to show that he was transferred to the reserves in 1912 then mobilized at Bodmin 6th August 1914 then to BEF France 21stAugust 1914. Nothing else until he is wounded at Hill 60 in may 1915, although his wounds were considered light it was discovered he had Hodgkin's disease and was eventually discharged on medical grounds in January 1916. On returning home he married his childhood sweet heart and died of Hodgkin's a few months later.
There is a lot there but if anyone can help with information regarding his transfer from Rifle Brigade to DCLI I would be grateful, also any information about Hill 60 and the role of the DCLI.