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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 04 November 18 12:06 GMT (UK) »
no middle name unfortunately, I agree on the rank issue which was another reason I'm doubtful its him.....
     I've tried both the RE museum and RS lot to try and see if attestation forms are still about but no joy so far......
Max I've got the sigs diary but alas him being a lowly ranker he isn't deemed worthy a mention......

there was a paper clipping from his local (ish) rag about him but his rank is sapper....

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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 04 November 18 20:13 GMT (UK) »
Is the newspaper date 9 February or 2 September 1918?

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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 04 November 18 23:26 GMT (UK) »
evening,
    I've just had a look through old emails and its the Halifax courier 2nd feb 1918, going on the time line of being out of action, he would have been gassed at ypres/passchendaele.?

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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #12 on: Monday 05 November 18 09:27 GMT (UK) »
It is highly likely that he was gassed in the early part of October 1917 when 66 Division (with the Australian Corps on their right) were badly mauled in the Battle of Poelkapelle in what were the latter stages of 3rd Ypres/Passchendaele.  The Sigs Coy war diary from about 7 October illustrates the difficulties the company had in maintaining communications so whatever his role at the time, the likelihood of being caught in an enemy bombardment (they were usually shells and gas together) was pretty high. 

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« Reply #13 on: Monday 05 November 18 15:25 GMT (UK) »
Do you know if there is a way of finding the cas evac records for the div?

thanks  M

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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #14 on: Monday 05 November 18 15:44 GMT (UK) »
There is no way.  Only a small proportion of medical records were retained see:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C10949
The remainder are on FindMyPast but I have already looked there without result.

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Re: finding my gt grandfathers dispatch rider service number/ records
« Reply #15 on: Monday 05 November 18 22:42 GMT (UK) »
ah, tis a shame....thanks for looking mind.....