Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:29 AM
the reservists who joined 1st and 2Bns on 6 Aug just brought the Bns up to full war time strength (the peacetime establishment was substantially less than the 1000 or so required for full wartime establishment) ... So nearly half 2Bn would have been mobilised reservists... they arrived at Havre on 13th Aug so presumably (if the medal card is correct, occasionally they are wrong ..) he followed 2 weeks later (the qualifying date should be the date he arrived 'in theatre'), so perhaps part of a reinforcement party sent over, but presumably at one of the infantry 'bases' .. at Havre??..for a few weeks ..
A 'first reinforcement' of 90-100 men was probably mainly of the first batch of mobilised men, reservists and special reservists.. with perhaps 1 officer would have been left at the depot (or maybe the 'Base'?) and would have provided the first field reinforcements in September (listed as 1officer and 91ORs, I see) - and later batches would have been sent over from UK when ready .. after that a steady flow would have been required.