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Royal Garrison Artillery
« on: Friday 31 July 09 11:17 BST (UK) »
Hello everyone

I donít know whether anyone can help, can point me in the right direction or whether there is nowhere else to go.

My grandfather fought in WW1 and he was a gunner. He was Francis John Glover and although I cannot find his service record I have found 2 medal cards. One is for a Francis J. Glover of the RGA reg. number 121322 and the other for Francis John Glover of the RGA 19th company reg. number 85243. Is it likely that these are the same person? Or if not is there any way of knowing which is my grandfather?

I have one photograph and one photocopy of a photograph of him in uniform. He appears to have different hat badges.

I would like to know something about his war service. Is there any way of finding out what the company was doing (if he was in the 19th company)?

Thank you in anticipation.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #1 on: Friday 31 July 09 12:00 BST (UK) »
Only about 1 in 3  of the WW1 service records survived the German bombing of WW2...

This is rather a difficult one...The best way forward would be to look around the rim of his medals...Are they still in the family??
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #2 on: Friday 31 July 09 12:05 BST (UK) »
BTW

Both photos have the same Royal Artillery cap badge....

And as both MICs are RGA, the best bet would be his medals....The shoulder titles would be RGA, so that is not a help to pinning him down....
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #3 on: Friday 31 July 09 12:19 BST (UK) »
Thanks for considering my problem. To my knowledge, the medals are not in existence. My father believes that his father joined up in 1915 and he sold his business when he enlisted. We do not know any more.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #4 on: Friday 31 July 09 13:08 BST (UK) »
Long shots....

There may be an address on the reverse of the MIC....So perhaps one can be excluded...

Are the other details on the MIC the same such as the authority numbers??

A lot of soldiers did get new numbers....This was normally annotated on a single MIC....And it is not unknown for x2 MICs for the same chap...Rare but not unknown
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #5 on: Friday 31 July 09 13:30 BST (UK) »
No address on reverse.
Nothing in my family history is straightforward  ??? ??? ???

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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #6 on: Friday 31 July 09 16:35 BST (UK) »
Do you know if there is an AVL for the area where he lived?

If so, there is a strong possibility that this will show his service number, enabling you to know which card is his
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« Reply #7 on: Friday 31 July 09 18:14 BST (UK) »
I think that I have checked this at some time in the past without success. However, I'll recheck. Thank you for reminding me.
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Re: Royal Garrison Artillery
« Reply #8 on: Friday 31 July 09 19:40 BST (UK) »
Have just rechecked and the AVL don't exist for my grandfather's home town.