Posted 05 June 2012 - 03:47 pm
I am researching my Great Uncle Thomas Edge,b 1889, Whitchurch, Shropshire. I couldnt find his enlistment papers and so had to work backwards from his discharge papers. I have assumed that it is the correct Thomas Edge as the address is Sound Heath which was the location of the family farm. So far I have found:
Transferred to reserves: 19/02/1919
Ref: X/2:TMB RFA
He received the "Military medal"
Ref: RFA AHD:X/2 MED:TMB
His Medal Roll:
Qualifying date :19.08.1914
He starts as a gunner and then is promoted to corporal.
I assume that he finished his service with x battery, 2nd division, Trench Mortar Battery.
I have lots of questions to ask. Did he enlist for RFA and then was allocated to to 40th Brigade? How to I find out which battery he was originally part of and where he enlisted? It is my understanding that the 40th Brigade were at Mons, Le Cateau, Solesmes, Cambrai... I spent all my holidays around this area as a teenager..
40th Brigade were attached to 3rd Infantry Division so at some point he was moved/attached to a 2nd division TMB. Is my best bet to go to Kew and look through the war diaries and work backwards?
This is a new area for me so I do apologise if I seem a little dense..