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Imperial Light Horse - CH Russell - looking for attestation papers 6 months 2 weeks ago #62243

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Hi

I have a group to 185 Corp Christopher Henry Russell, of the 1st Imperial Light Horse. His has a DCM, BSAC Medal QSA. Based on LG searches he was mentioned by White after Ladysmith and then later got the DCM. It is possibly for Ladysmith but there is no way to prove it.

I know that he later became a Sgt then a Lt.

I believe the attestation papers are available as WO126, but these have not been digitised on the NA site. Does anyone know if anyone has copies of these, else I will see about a researcher.

The interesting thing is that the ILH were very busy at Ladysmith and quite a few of those who received the DCM are mentioned in Gibson's The Story of the Imperial Light Horse. Unfortunately it has no index so after reading all the way through I may have missed him but I don't think so. His bars are Relief of Mafeking, Elandslaagte, Defence of Mafeking and Transvaal. So the DCM could have been for anything.

If anyone know of any sources to look at for the ILH I would appreciate the input please.

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Ryan

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Imperial Light Horse - CH Russell - looking for attestation papers 6 months 2 weeks ago #62244

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Hi Ryan

As you know this site has the papers to initial B (I think) - for all others I have always made use of Kevin Asplin in the UK to get me the papers from Kew.

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Thanks Rory I will contact Kevin.

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