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"Disposal of Men Under Age"?
« on: Monday 15 February 21 12:44 GMT (UK) »
Thanks to everyone who has helped me so far in finding out more about my Great Uncle Percy R Fields (Jebber and Jim1 et al - thank you so much!)

I've now found documents relating to him being sent home for being underage - he was 16 when he enlisted but made it as far as possibly Alexandria (?) before he was sent home.  I've attached that.

He re-enlisted later, but appears to have spent most of his time in the UK playing up and receiving punishments for minor misconduct  ::)

Can anyone tell me any more about this please? Did he have to be 18 to see service overseas?

Any insight would be really helpful.

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Re: "Disposal of Men Under Age"?
« Reply #1 on: Monday 15 February 21 13:13 GMT (UK) »
Originally 19 but was reduced to 18 1/2.
Being sent home was usually prompted by a letter from the family to the C.O.
Although sent home he wasn't discharged but posted to the 2/5th. Essex.
He next went overseas in May 1918 with the MGC.
His re-enlistment service took him past 1920 as he has a 7 digit number.
He may have a service record still at the MOD.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: "Disposal of Men Under Age"?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 February 21 14:10 GMT (UK) »
Thank you Jim1! (Again!)

Sent home from Alexandria it seems to say. Knowing my ancestors, I'm surprised my G-Grandmother didn't sail over there and drag him back by his ear'oles herself!


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Re: "Disposal of Men Under Age"?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 15 February 21 15:09 GMT (UK) »
When you look at his record again it falls into place.
Attested in the 5/Beds. Regt
Embodied the same day (4/12/15).
Transferred to the 2/4 Essex. Regt. 1/7/16 This should be the 1/4th. Essex as the 2/4th. had disbanded Dec. 1915.
? depot  31/1/17 This would be the Div. depot where all men coming & going passed through.
This is the day before the disposal letter is dated.

Posted to the 2/5 Essex 10/2/17 Disbanded March 1918 hence the posting to the 4th. Reserve
Posted to the 4/Essex 11/1/18 This would be the 4th. Essex (reserve) as they were still in the UK.
Transferred to the 84th.? TR (poss. Training Reserve) Btn. 20th. TR Bde. 22/2/18
Transferred to the MGC (8 Res. Btn.) 29/3/18
BEF France 12/5/18
Posted to the 41/MGC 14/5/18
Posted to the 46/MGC 15/10/18
Home 19/3/19 He must have re-enlisted after this date or took the Bounty (25) offered to men already serving
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
Kings of Wessex & Scotland
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Re: "Disposal of Men Under Age"?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 15 February 21 15:50 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Jim, really appreciate your help with that.