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George Holden - army records
« on: Saturday 28 November 20 20:10 GMT (UK) »
Hi

I'm a member of quite a few sites but can't seem to find the army records of my great uncle George Holden.  I've found a medal card and one site mentioning he was a prisoner of war but not the 'normal' service records you often find.   In case its me being rubbish at searching or they are somewhere else then maybe someone can do a little better than me.

I know his army number was 11263, born c.1889, he was at some point a Corporal and was in the 12th King Royal Rifles at some point.

Any help or guidance appreciated.

Thanks

  Damian

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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 28 November 20 20:20 GMT (UK) »
Are you aware that between 60%and 70% of WW1 records were destroyed in WW2? Your great uncle’s records may be among those lost.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 28 November 20 20:27 GMT (UK) »
Oh I wasn't, I've always had a good success rate, sounds like I've just been lucky then.


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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 28 November 20 20:46 GMT (UK) »
One item, Findmypast have an entry in a General  Hospital Discharge book that on the
29th Dec. 1916 he was discharged to duty after being hospitalised with Influenza.

You have probably seen that he was captured on the 22nd March 1918 and that he was wounded.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 28 November 20 21:26 GMT (UK) »
Yes found that influenza entry and the POW report, though just went back to be sure what I had and found a 2nd POW document.

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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 28 November 20 21:41 GMT (UK) »
I wonder if by any chance he continued serving after 1920, if so his records will still be with the MOD.
It is just a wild thought.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 28 November 20 21:47 GMT (UK) »
I'm not sure if you have found the International Red Cross' WW1 prisoner of war website yet, but this looks to be your George Holden if he was taken prisoner of war on 22 March 1918 while serving with the 12th King's Royal Rifles.

https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Details/2928758/3/2/


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Re: George Holden - army records
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 28 November 20 21:58 GMT (UK) »
Thanks, I didn't know this website but looks like these are the same 2 documents I have from FindMyPast.