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Re: Boer War - Harry Podd died 1902 - Hussars
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 27 February 19 21:53 GMT (UK) »
A possible scenario is that Harry Podd returns to UK with the 7th Hussars in 1905 leaving the army and remaining in Suffolk perhaps leaving the army in about 1912.  That would add up with a man joining on a very common 12 year engagement just before/during the Boer War (he did not go to S Africa until after the 1901 census). (Dates here are a bit loose).

Then we have 1533 Lance Corporal Harry Podd, a member of 1/4th Suffolk Regiment, joining that Territorial Force (TF) unit in Suffolk in January 1913, going to France with them on 8 November 1914 and being discharged wounded on 30 August 1916.  Previous service contributing to his appointment as Lance Corporal.  His different unit means he has a different service number.

Proof - none.  Clues - only the likely service path of a man of his age who leaves the army but joins the TF to continue soldiering part time while plying his civilian trade and the fact that as far as I can tell, where a forename is given, he is the only H Podd that is consistently Harry in the records.

May be worth concentrating on the mid 1916 time frame for his re-appearance in UK?

Feel, free to ignore it all  :)

MaxD

MaxD - Now that is a very plausible scenario. Many thanks.

Tangentially: I had exhausted South Africa (but not other british colonies in Africa at that time) and found a very few Podds there over many decades from 1900. Interestingly, having lived and had children born in the Cape Colonies, they returned to UK and even to their native Suffolk. For those individuals I know their extensive family linkages. Not "Harry".


To others: yes, thanks to all for suggestions about access to UK newspapers.

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Re: Boer War - Harry Podd died 1902 - Hussars
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 27 February 19 21:58 GMT (UK) »
May I just gently mention that westernwombat has a current thread on the Australia board with a Harry PODD whose formal name was Horace Ernest PODD ...

Breavement announcement for Mrs Harry PODD, of Bolgart district (in Western Australia)
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/148635884 Toodyay Herald 6 July 1945
in part ‘We extend our sympathy to Mr. Harry Podd and family in the bereavement of wife and mother’

That current Australian thread is here: https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=763867.0

So perhaps the chap who served in the Boer War may have volunteered in one of the Australian units .... The National Archives of Australia's Boer War files are incomplete.
NAA Boer War records are incomplete. http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs67.aspx

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https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/atwar/boer

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