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Re: Pte.W.Wright - Ancestor -Medal mystery? 9 years 3 months ago #4131

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Hi Paul

Yes thanks ever so much for looking into him, it's a shame his service papers havn't survived, what would they have said on them?

Also another quick question - why do you think that he remained a private right up until 1918? I would have thought he would have been promoted with his boer service record and his early sign up in 1914?

Thanks ever so much

Josh

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Re: Pte.W.Wright - Ancestor -Medal mystery? 9 years 3 months ago #4133

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Hello Josh,

I would also like to say good luck in finding the QSA. This is a super family group to a man that did more than his fair share for King and Country.

It is not unusual for a man to remain a Private for his career in the army. Sometimes they were promoted and for what ever reason they requested that they revert back to the previous rank. This could have happened in your G/Grandfathers case. The service records, if they had survived, would tell you the full story. I suspect that they were destroyed during the Blitz.

Excellent

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Re: Pte.W.Wright - Ancestor -Medal mystery? 9 years 3 months ago #4134

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Joshwhite wrote:


and here is a close up of the man in question (my G.G.Grandfather) along with his family. I belive it was taken just before he was sent to France in 1914


Hello Josh,
A lovely photo and a typical old contemptible (I noticed you have his membership badge!) , a big mustache and a knowing eye, I feel slightly sorry for any hun that found himself facing the business end of his SMLE. I dare say being in the Rifle Brigade, he would be very proficent with it too! :woohoo:
Glad to see you have had some success on here and welcome!
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Re: Pte.W.Wright - Ancestor -Medal mystery? 9 years 3 months ago #4135

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capepolice wrote: Hello Josh,

I would also like to say good luck in finding the QSA. This is a super family group to a man that did more than his fair share for King and Country.

It is not unusual for a man to remain a Private for his career in the army. Sometimes they were promoted and for what ever reason they requested that they revert back to the previous rank. This could have happened in your G/Grandfathers case. The service records, if they had survived, would tell you the full story. I suspect that they were destroyed during the Blitz.

Excellent

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Adrian


Hi Adrian, a further thanks from me for your input.

I too hope I can find his QSA...one day, and I really hope that somewhere his service records have survived though I assume from the fact that Paul didn't find them they havnt

Thanks again
Josh

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Re: Pte.W.Wright - Ancestor -Medal mystery? 9 years 3 months ago #4136

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Hi Frank

Yes, this site is great and thanks to its members such as yourself it's helped me throughly. I am pleased to have his photo, I think In real terms although medals are great a photo really connects you with the person and the time :D

I suppose his moustache was normal for all soldiers of all ranks and allowed at the time, unlike during WW2, it makes him appear very stereotypically officer like haha

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Josh

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