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Title: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: andy_barnsley on Thursday 20 January 11 21:23 GMT (UK)
Hi

This is a photograph of Percy Horsfield (Silkstone, near Barnsley). He joined the 355 Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1917.

I would be extremely grateful if anyone could please confirm that this uniform matches with the above information. Also if anyone has any info the Battery I would be most interested.

Many Thanks

Andy
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: mmm45 on Thursday 20 January 11 21:41 GMT (UK)
Yes he is RGA you can make out the title on his shoulder.He is possibly a signaller and has a wound stripe on his lower sleeve.

Ady
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: andy_barnsley on Thursday 20 January 11 22:00 GMT (UK)
Thanks very much for the info - never heard of a wound stripe before (what does this actually mean ?)

Also is there any significance of the crossed flags on the sleeve
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: mmm45 on Thursday 20 January 11 22:16 GMT (UK)
The wound stripe was issued to soldiers who had been injured due to enemy action and hospitalised...It was a single gold stripe worn on the lower sleeve...more than 1 could be issued.On that other photo you posted Antwerp there are a few visble.
The crossed flags im pretty sure denotes the Signal Branch

Ady
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: gortonboy on Thursday 20 January 11 22:35 GMT (UK)
i can find a medal card that shows he was awarded the victory medal only

Name: Percy Horsfield
Regiment or Corps: Royal Garrison Artillery, Army Ordnance Corps
Regimental Number: 176695, 050877
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: andy_barnsley on Thursday 20 January 11 22:45 GMT (UK)
i can find a medal card that shows he was awarded the victory medal only

Name: Percy Horsfield
Regiment or Corps: Royal Garrison Artillery, Army Ordnance Corps
Regimental Number: 176695, 050877


Hi

Thanks very much for the info - does the fact that he was only awarded the victory medal mean he wouldn't or shouldn't have a wound stripe - ie would a wound stripe have also been recorded.

Sorry but this is all new to me

Thanks
Andy
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: forester on Thursday 20 January 11 22:49 GMT (UK)
There is a fading ditto mark below showing that he was awarded the British War Medal as well.

If this is the right man, then he transferred to the Ordnance Corps (assuming the entries are the right way round).

At 1st July 1917, 355 Siege Battery, comprising 4 x 6 inch howitzers, was attached to Third Army. I can't find a stand-alone war diary for them so far, though.

Phil
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: andy_barnsley on Thursday 20 January 11 23:08 GMT (UK)
There is a fading ditto mark below showing that he was awarded the British War Medal as well.

If this is the right man, then he transferred to the Ordnance Corps (assuming the entries are the right way round).

At 1st July 1917, 355 Siege Battery, comprising 4 x 6 inch howitzers, was attached to Third Army. I can't find a stand-alone war diary for them so far, though.

Phil

Thanks Phil - but you will have to excuse my ignorance on this - is the ditto mark you refer to on the medal card referred to by Gortonboy

I know for definite he was in 355 Siege Battery between 23/5/1917 and 23/10/1918 as I have his copy of the Siege Battery Record published in 1920.

Is it possible he was transferred to RAOC after being evacuated due to gas in Oct 1918 as he is still abroad in Antwerp in 1919 (see my other photo)

Thanks
Andy
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: mmm45 on Friday 21 January 11 11:09 GMT (UK)
Andy...yes the Ditto is on his Medal Index Card :)

Ady
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: forester on Friday 21 January 11 20:39 GMT (UK)
Andy,

There seems to be a batch of about a dozen men that transferred from the RGA to the AOC and were given consecutive AOC numbers.

Phil
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: howitzerbl on Friday 08 April 11 15:13 BST (UK)
Quote: “Is it possible he was transferred to RAOC after being evacuated…..”

Highly unlikely as according to your other thread and photograph he is still with the artillery and wearing a cap with an artillery badge in 1919..!

Rgds
Paul
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: deleval lad on Thursday 24 March 16 12:11 GMT (UK)
sir

my grand father was in the RGA .. robert wilson
i believe it was the 355th siege battery.

any correlation ??
regards
R Wilson
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: timc1960 on Saturday 03 November 18 19:41 GMT (UK)
reply to andy_barnsley:-
You say that you have a copy of the 355 diary.
I have been searching for this for some time for my wife as her grandfather served in this battery.
I hope you won't mind me asking where you got it from?
I know that the IWM have a copy of the The Record of 355 Siege Battery.
Is this the same as the diary that you have?
Best Regards
Tim
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: jim1 on Sunday 04 November 18 10:52 GMT (UK)
The poster hasn't been on here for 4 years so may not see this. However the record of the 355 SB is held at the IWM book store.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1500017769
Whether it's still available is another matter.
There's a snippet about them here:
https://wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/rgartillery.php?pid=9651
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: timc1960 on Sunday 04 November 18 12:25 GMT (UK)
Thanks Jim,
I have sent a request to the IWM to see if it is still available.
Regards
Tim
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: jim1 on Sunday 04 November 18 16:33 GMT (UK)
There are 4 diaries for the 23rd. Garrison Brigade covering the 2nd. half of the war:
http://www.rootschat.com/links/01myw/
Although there isn't an individual diary for the 355 Bty. they should be mentioned in these.
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: timc1960 on Sunday 04 November 18 16:47 GMT (UK)
Thanks again Jim,
Another trip to Kew beckons  :)
Title: Re: WW1 RGA Gunner photo ID
Post by: jim1 on Sunday 04 November 18 20:29 GMT (UK)
You don't need to go to Kew you can download them although they are £3.50 ea.
Just click on each one & add to basket.