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Offline whiteout7

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Re: Grandads Service Record
« Reply #9 on: Friday 02 November 18 08:46 GMT (UK) »
"In June 1916, 7th (Meerut) Cavalry Brigade (complete with V Battery, RHA) left the division and was reformed for service in Mesopotamia. Other than the Battle of the Somme in 1916 (Battle of Bazentin Ridge, 14–17 July and Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15–22 September) and the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, the division was not involved in battle. Instead, it was held in reserve in case of a breakthrough, although it did send parties to the trenches on a number of occasions. They would hold the line, or act as Pioneers; such parties were designated as, for example, the Mhow Battalion."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XVII_Brigade,_Royal_Horse_Artillery

The only mention of Mesapotamia I can find with RHA, so was he V Battery RHA?

Forces War Records.com index  has:

George   Collin   51925   Driver   1919   Royal Field Artillery   
George   Collin   51925   Driver   1914   Royal Field Artillery

(Would the 1914 be attestation and the 1919 be discharge??)
https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/search

He had no middle name just George Collins? Did the medal Card not have another service number on it besides 51925? Did the medal card have a first theatre of battle? Can you search by birth place?

?? George   Collin   —   —   1088300   —
https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/royal-artillery-attestations-1883-1942
Wemyss/Crombie/Laing (West Wemyss)
Givens/Normand (Dysart)
Clark/Lister (Dysart)
Wilkinson/Simson (Kettle or Kettlehill)

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Re: Mesapotamia
« Reply #10 on: Friday 02 November 18 09:17 GMT (UK) »
You have certainly done as much as is possible and, if I may say so, in doing so have honoured his memory already by your persistence. Light two candles!

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Re: Grandads Service Record
« Reply #11 on: Friday 02 November 18 10:39 GMT (UK) »
Thank you MaxD
We always go to the 11am service but this year they are having one in church at 6.30 to light a candle for each of the 39 local lads
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Re: Grandads Service Record
« Reply #12 on: Friday 02 November 18 10:49 GMT (UK) »
Thank you to whiteout7 for the information
The medal card says RHA 51925 and see sec B  A Reserve
underneath is x RFA/3478 4693
Also on the 1984 letter it just says RHA Regular Army
In India 14/12/11----15/7/16
Mesapotamia 16/7/16-----28/1/19
He told my uncle that he did his fighting in Mesapotamia their job was to take the guns up to the front to create an umbrella for the troops to advance under and he also did a bit of lancing on horseback
Thank you
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Re: Grandads Service Record
« Reply #13 on: Friday 02 November 18 10:56 GMT (UK) »
I checked out the one on Findmypast, he was 1946
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