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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:06 pm
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:45 am
I've had a quick sweep through Medal information Cards etc but drawn a blank. Not necessarily a cause for despondency as this can quite often be the case; someone else may strike lucky using different variables
What I can confirm is that the places cited are correct for the 2/22nd (Queens) London Regiment. As a battalion of 181 Brigade, 60th (2/2 London) Division he would quite likely have served as follows:
France - Salonika - Egypt - Palestine / Trans Jordan - France
The Battalion was initially raised in Aug 1914 in Bermondsey (about the same time as Kitchener's first Army was being signed up), and those who were recruited into the 2/22nd Queen's at this time were more likely to be Londoners. Looking at the service number you have given (probably a 200,000 series) it is likely that either he was a much later recruit (in which case what Michelle says is certainly true) or else he had an earlier service number that was later renumbered in common with other territorials (around 1916-17 I think).
Even if he was an early 2/22nd it is not as unlikely as it may seem. There are many records of people enlisting to all manner of regiments simply because they fancied a long train journey, a 'holiday' or simply just fancied a change. If my memory serves me one chap from the Potteries signed up for the Northumberland Fusiliers for just such reasons. Strange formations were also made. The 8th (Reserve) Btn Northamptonshire were formed in Weymouth and initially camped around Penzance. They had applications from all over the place wishing to take the 'Riviera' air. My own G.Grandfather went out to India a London Cyclist and returned to England a Somerset Light Infantryman - a county he'd never seen before the war and steadfastly never visited in a long and happy post war life.
Simply put, perhaps your Grandad fancied an adventure in London.
Best of luck with your search and I hope somebody finds some details for you.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:59 am
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:21 am
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:15 am
Just to throw another spanner into the works, your grand father could have been one of the 3,000 soldiers who were transferred to the battalions of the London Regiment, within the 60th London Division.
They occurred in May 1916, being part of the Derby Scheme. These volunteers came mainly from Yorkshire and the midlands.
Now, if he was in the battalion, this would have been where he went:
France - June 1916 to December 1916,
Salonika - December 1916 to June 1917, and
Egypt and Palestine - June 1918 to end of hostilities.
The 2/22nd Battalion was one of the few who were not returned to France after the German Spring Offensive. They stayed as the original battalion in the 181st (2/6th) Infantry Brigade.
Not a lot, but it's a start.
Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:39 pm
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:22 am
Thanks to everyone for your help - I'm gradually piecing together all the information provided. Also I'm in the process of trying to track down a photograph
of my Grandad in uniform - if I can find one I shall certainly post it on this thread.
(Suddery: Congratulations - the electric soup obviously did the trick!)
Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:35 am
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:08 am
Appologies for the late reply. i have not forgotten about the request above, just rather busy. I will dig the books out at the weekend. If you notice my signature you will see why.
I have the 60th London's history, that you are reading. I also have the histories for the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 23rd Battalions of the London Regiment. If they were in the same division then your Grand Father and my Great Grand Pa stomped the same dirt. Thats awesome.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:49 pm
Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:38 am
Can't work out the timing of the 22nd London connection. I have researched a previous transfer from 2/6th Notts and Derbys to 22nd London 686218 who I believe transfered to the Londons in March 1918.