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WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« on: Sunday 01 November 20 16:58 GMT (UK) »
Hello
I am researching William DUNN, born Chesham, Bucks, 1879. He is noted in November 1914 (Local Newspaper) as serving in the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry and by November 1915 serving in the 7 Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (Reg No: 14355). He is later recorded as serving in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Reg No: 38424). There is a suggestion that he served in yet a fourth regiment but I have no evidence for that. He entered France on 21 September 1915, survived the war, and was transferred to Class "Z" Reserve. Unfortunately his service records do not appear to have survived. My question really is what might have prompted these transfers from regiment to regiment and how common was this? Any help would be very much appreciated.
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 01 November 20 17:13 GMT (UK) »
I'm no expert but perhaps his previous regiments were badly reduced in numbers due to a battle and the remaining soldiers allocated elsewhere.

William himself could have requested the transfers for whatever reason.

As you have discovered his service records have not survived so no means of checking through those.

Perhaps someone with more knowledge of this will have a different suggestion for you.
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 01 November 20 17:27 GMT (UK) »
Hi, my understanding is, as Girl Guide says, they were in effect as time went on, sent where they were needed, if one Regiment lost men then they would have bolstered the numbers etc.

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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 01 November 20 17:39 GMT (UK) »
My grandfather switched regiments. I don't think it was that uncommon. There are some really knowledgable folk on the armed forces section of this site, you could ask for more details there.
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #4 on: Monday 02 November 20 10:30 GMT (UK) »
My grandfather was in the Navy / and 2 Army regiments during WW1 and it has always puzzled me how he went from the Navy to the Army ???? ???
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #5 on: Monday 02 November 20 10:57 GMT (UK) »
If you look on the medal rolls for other soldiers serving in the DCLI with similar regimental numbers (38420-38429) you will see that they all came from other regiments.
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #6 on: Monday 02 November 20 10:59 GMT (UK) »
excuse the ignorance Shaun - what does DCLI stand for ?
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« Reply #7 on: Monday 02 November 20 11:01 GMT (UK) »
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excuse the ignorance Shaun - what does DCLI stand for ?

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
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Re: WW1 Soldier transferring to different regiments.
« Reply #8 on: Monday 02 November 20 11:03 GMT (UK) »
OK Cheers ...
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