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Posted 11 March 2015 - 06:31 PM
My first post.
My Great Uncle Clement Charles Riggs Gnr RA, 183840 is buried at Esquelbecq (Escaufort) Military Cemetery.
According to his Military Records he was attached to the 218th Siege Battery RA.
He died 10th May 1918.
I don't know how or why he died, questions I would like to know.
There was a 3rd Aust. CCS Esquelbecq camp (Casualty Clearing Station) at Esquelbecq in 1918.
This may be of some info to you.
If any one has more info. on the 218 I would be grateful.
My father and I are names after him.
Thanks in anticipation.
C. Alan Humphries
Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:55 PM
Unfortunately you may never learn how he died but you will get some idea of where exactly he was, and what he was doing, by viewing the Brigade war diary that the battery was attached to at that time. The diaries are held at the Nat. Archives at Kew and the reference you need is WO 95/540 for 18 Brigade. Hopefully it will become available on line in the not too distant future.
I would suggest he almost certainly enlisted with the RFA first and was transferred to the RGA around Aug. 1917. How and when he joined 218th Sge. Bty. is impossible to say ( he may have just been a re-enforcement from England after training) although the battery was slightly different to others in that it was broken up in Dec 1917 and then reformed with a section from 180 SB and 236 SB. It's possible that he joined it from one of these two batteries.