Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:24 PM
Possibly the key here is the second entry on the medal card; i.e. the Somerset Light Infantry (2nd Bn?).
We don't know why he was posted from the 1/25th London Regiment (which, according to the LLT landed in Bombay in February 1916) but there is no doubt many men, as you note on your interesting website, found the rigours of service in the tropics difficult and quickly succumbed to sickness.
It's possible to speculate that as a result of this his fitness may have been downgraded and he was only able to perform garrison duties, was transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry and did not enter an operational theatre therefore, unlike your grandfather, did not qualify for both medals.
For example most, if not all of the casualties for the Regiment in SDGW show 'died' which indicates sickness or accident.
A quick look through the mics shows nearly 50 men who were transferred from the 25th London to the Somerset LI, the majority have the one medal. Some went on to other Regiments and a few saw active service on the NW Frontier.
Further research could probably identify the date/reason for the draft more accurately.
I can offer no explanation for the photos you refer to but does he know the provenance and/or do they show Pte Godfree in France etc or are they just general photos?