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Royal Field Artillery

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inker

inker Report 17 Aug 2012 21:05

My great uncle served as a driver in the RFA in WW1. Entered France in July 1915. Awarded Victory, British and Star medals. Regimental Number was 62055. Can anyone tell me anything about this regiment and what it did in the Great War?

Reggie

Reggie Report 17 Aug 2012 21:12

The obvious way to find such info is to google

The medals awarded were just the bog-standard issue for all who served

The Artillery is an armoured Regiment. Artillery basically means guns

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 17 Aug 2012 21:24

The Long Long Trail is the best web site for this sort of enquiry.
http://www.1914-1918.net/

was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 17 Aug 2012 23:03

You need to know which unit of the RFA he was in, which might be given in the Medal Rolls (at the National Archives, not online), or in his service records, if they have survived (on Ancestry if so). Once you know that, you can find out what he would have been involved in via War Diaries.

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 18 Aug 2012 00:31

Is this your man? he is the only member of the Royal Field Artillery with that service number who is listed as a Driver on the national archives web site

Description Medal card of: Inker, Walter Henry
Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Field Artillery 62055 Driver

Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/10
Dept Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies
Series War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War
Piece Holland D - Jobling H V
Image contains 1 medal card of many for this collection

If you download the medal card or ask some one to look it up on ancestry they can send it to you using the message system on GR

then the info under the "medal roll" which is what qualified him for that medal and theatre of war use the link below for How do you read them and how and translate the abbreviated info

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/medals.asp

Roy

Reggie

Reggie Report 18 Aug 2012 09:57

No surviving records for him apart from the Medal card

inker

inker Report 18 Aug 2012 14:34

Thanks for the information and suggestions - greatly appreciated.

Porkie_Pie: Wow, yes, that is my relative!

Tried the Ancestry site and others but without success. The only material listed is the medal card, no service records,

Difficult for me to visit National Archives as I live in Scotland these days.0
Hence, problems finding out about which unit he served in and what action they/Walter saw in Great War..

Any other help/ideas much appreciated.

Porkie_Pie

Porkie_Pie Report 19 Aug 2012 12:04

You don't need to visit TNA to see the medal card you can download it

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=3202134&queryType=1&resultcount=1

you can also save the image from Ancestry

using the info on that medal card can help you,

as i posted above18 Aug 2012 00:31 the link will tell you how to read the data on that card and also gives you a list of Abbreviations and other tips on Further research including searching War Diaries

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/medals.asp

also see http://www.1914-1918.net/cra.htm

you can also join the 1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums and then download the medal card for others to help they have some very knowledgeable members who can help

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php

Roy



was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 19 Aug 2012 20:22

Yes, the refs on the Medal card lead to the Medal Rolls (at the National Archives, not online). Medal Rolls may give unit he served with. You can't look at War Diaries until you know that.