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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #9 on: Tuesday 09 October 18 21:01 BST (UK) »
Last one - sorry it seems to be out of order!

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 10 October 18 16:05 BST (UK) »
His career was in two distinct parts. Dec 22 to Feb 31 with the Northumberland Fusiliers, primarily with 1st Battalion except for a couple of spells at the Depot in Newcastle. As I said earlier, the inter war years are not well documented on line so unless someone can be definitive about where they were, I would advise contacting The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland.

From 31 until discharge in 45 he was in the Small Arms School Corps moving steadily from Corporal via Sergeant Instructor to Company Sergeant Major Instructor then Quartermaster Sergeant Major Instructor finally to the top of the non commissioned ranks as Regimental Sergeant Major Instructor.

I didn't see 7th Battalion in the records you posted? Does this help?

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 10 October 18 19:23 BST (UK) »
Thank you, it has helped me confirm what I was guessing at!

I was confused on the Battalion, sorry.  He was in the 7 Btn. Durham Light Infantry when he was in the reserves, before joining the regular army. My mistake.

A question or two on his ranks - A/W.O.I, Warrant Officer Instructor?  What does the A mean, appointed?

Difference between appointed and promoted?

I presume it was mandatory to leave when he did?  Shame, he loved it I think.

I will contact the museum, you never know.

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 10 October 18 19:46 BST (UK) »
Acting Warrant Officer [Class] One.  A first step before substantive promotion

One is appointed to Lance Corporal and promoted to ranks above that, because L Cpl is an appointment not a rank. One is also appointed to a particular position within a rank***.  For example, at the rank of Warrant Officer Class One you see he is appointed Sergeant Major Instructor.  Later he is appointed Regimental Sergeant Major.  Same rank different appointment.

Somewhere you will find the term of years that he signed up for, you haven't posted that bit.  He extended in 1929 to complete 12 years and later extended again to complete 21 years.  There may be another extension somewhere that I can't see because he did 23 years in total.

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 11 October 18 13:25 BST (UK) »
Thanks again for the explanation - very complicated to the "outsider"!

I found the terms he signed on for, along with the extension. I didn't find anything to explain the additional two years. Maybe an exception because it was War time?

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 11 October 18 14:01 BST (UK) »
Could you post the bit showing the ters he signed on for.


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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 13 October 18 20:34 BST (UK) »
Max:

Sorry I just can't get the file size small enough so I'll write what it says.

Top of his statement of service shows he enlisted for 7 years army service and 5 years reserve service in 1922. In 1929 he extended to complete 12 years with the colours.

Copy of Army Form number B221 dated 4 October 1929 shows he was desirous of extending his Army Service to complete 12 years. It also shows 6 years and 10 months under the service towards engagement column.

I have contacted the museum who are willing to look at his record to see if they can help further.

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #16 on: Sunday 14 October 18 10:06 BST (UK) »
One or other of his engagements would have had the caveat that said if there was a war on he would have to serve until the end hence serving beyond the 21.  Similarly, he may have wanted to stay on after 1945 but as he had already served more than a full term, and the army wanted to reduce anyway now the war was over, he didn't get the chance..

Hopefully the museum can fill in where the 1st Battalion were in the pre-SASC days.
Let us know how you get on.

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Re: Service record questions - Northumberland Fusiliers
« Reply #17 on: Sunday 14 October 18 12:07 BST (UK) »
A further thought.  The SASC is/was one of the smallest corps in the army and as a long term member and as a very senior one when he finished, it might be that the old comrades association may have something in their heritage collections relating to his time.  Contact is here:  https://www.sasc-pastandpresent.com/

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