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Offline Miranda

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Fighting age in WW2
« on: Tuesday 01 October 13 17:30 BST (UK) »
Hi, I know nothing, or very little about the army.  I am researching a relative for a friend and I know he was in WW1 as I have found his medal roll card.  I also know that in the 1920's he was in India briefly, I only know this from a ships arrival document to the UK.  In 1939 he would have been about 51 years of age! He was in the RFA (Royal Field Artillery) as a Gunner in WW1.  Is there a possibility that he could have continued his army career?  He died in 1977.  Any help or info would be helpful as I cannot find any records for him for WW2 era.
Knight-Barnard & Barnard (Gloucestershire, Stroud, Rodborough Common)
Mitten or Mitton (Guildford, Shropshire) 
Rose, Jacobs,  Guttentag, (mainly London)
Giles (Cricklade, Cinderford, Merthyr Tydfil, Troedhyriw),
Mills, (Wales & Gloucestershire)
Hughes - (Wales)
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Re: Fighting age in WW2
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 01 October 13 18:44 BST (UK) »
It is not very likely unless he had achieved some relatively senior rank or appointment. For non-commissioned regular soldiers the period of service fo ra  full pension was 22 years.

However, if he was a veteran in good health there were many positions during WWII - training, Home Guard, ARP, prison camp guards.
Southern or Southan [Hereford , Monmouthshire & Glos], Jenkins, Meredith and Morgan [Monmouthshire and Glos.], Murrill, Damary, Damry, Ray, Lawrence [all Middx. & London], Nethway from Kenn or Yatton. Also Riley and Lyons in South Africa and Riley from St. Helena.
Any census information included in this post is Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Re: Fighting age in WW2
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 01 October 13 19:05 BST (UK) »
Thankyou Hackstaple.  Good to  know.  I have managed to contact a couple of distant family relatives and have asked them if they know of any further information.  I have a defence medal and am trying to trace who it could have belonged to in this family! no luck so far.
Knight-Barnard & Barnard (Gloucestershire, Stroud, Rodborough Common)
Mitten or Mitton (Guildford, Shropshire) 
Rose, Jacobs,  Guttentag, (mainly London)
Giles (Cricklade, Cinderford, Merthyr Tydfil, Troedhyriw),
Mills, (Wales & Gloucestershire)
Hughes - (Wales)
Klussman/Klusmann