There are forum members who know an awful lot about Medal Index Cards (and certainly far more than me!). However, as I understand it, 'CL: Z' stands for the category John was discharged under (presumably in 1919 sometime) 'Class Z' being the category in which a man had to return to the forces if Germany hadn't accepted the terms of the armistice.
There are separate 'medal rolls' for the 1914, 1914/15 and British War Medal / Victory Medals.
RE/4B 2498 is the medal roll and page number for John's 1914/15 Star medal. Generally speaking the entries written in red on his MIC are taken from the information on this medal roll (including that he was a Corporal when he entered France on 17th August 1915). The BWM/VM roll and page number (RE/101 B58 12329) - collated later than the 1914/15 Star medal roll and written in blue on the MIC, indicates a promotion to Sergeant at somepoint after he landed in France. I would guess from his MIC that John's 1914/15 Star will be to Corporal (Cpl) and his BWM and VM to Sergeant (Sgt). The medal rolls are housed at the National Archive (not searchable online I'm afraid).
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I'm fairly sure that my Grandfather was in 188 Company, but I'm not sure which company he was in afterwards. I've got a list of the members of the Northern Section of the Special Brigade in 1932; my Grandfather's name is listed, but not
- but he is not the only one to have the Company details omitted. I do know that he is quoted in Chemical Soldiers by Donald Richter - my father has a copy, so I'll check to see if it gives his company details.
IF I can find which company my Grandfather was in, then I'll be closer to finding out a bit more about the photos that I've posted.
Regarding Chemical Soldiers by Donald Richter, the author quotes a number of the soldiers; did he interview them personally, or did he get his information from the Special Brigade Newsletter ?
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