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Glorious Glosters Regiment

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Susan Report 25 Feb 2013 14:25

Please can anyone help?
I have a photo of my Grandfather.
He has the name of "Glosters" on a badge on his shoulder.
He has a > stripe on his lower left sleeve.
Also 'puttees' ? on his legs.
I think the photo would have been WW1
My brother thinks that he was in Battalion 1. (whatever that means).

Would someone be able to tell me what the stripe means and any other info.
I know that I might have to write to the Regiment .
I just thought that I would ask on here first.


George_of_Westbury Report 25 Feb 2013 14:37

Stripes facing down on the lower left arm is a measure of how long served in the forces, usually one stripe is over two years, with good conduct.

to clarify battalion would mean he served with the 1st battalion of the Regiment.

If you give more info such as name DOB etc perhaps more info can be found if he served in WW1 or earlier, unless you already have the info



Susan Report 25 Feb 2013 14:58

My Grandfather was,
Frederick Thomas Rayner born 1892 Wicklewood/Crownthorpe, Norfolk.
Like most family history the person has died before you find these things out.


George_of_Westbury Report 25 Feb 2013 15:16

The only thing i have found so far as a possibity is a medal card.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
about Fredk T Rayner
Name: Fredk T Rayner
Regiment or Corps: Gloucestershire Regiment
Regimental Number: 11775

He served in France

Cant see any pension or service records, but then 70% of these records were destroyed when the place where they were stored was bombed in WW2, so not unusual not to find anything.



Porkie_Pie Report 25 Feb 2013 15:18

Medal card of Rayner, Frederick T
Regiment No11775
Rank Private
Gloucestershire Regiment
Date: 1914-1920
Held by: The National Archives, Kew

You can download the record from the national archives or ask for a lookup to see which medals he was awarded, also see if his service record has survived



George_of_Westbury Report 25 Feb 2013 15:25

He was awarded the standard three medals, The British, Victory, and the Star.

Affectionally known as "pip, squeak, and wifred.
if you want to read about them look at this link

i can send you the medal card by the GR system PM

Image sent



Susan Report 25 Feb 2013 15:40

Thank you George and Roy for your help.
I would appreciate the Medal Card sent to me, George.
I will contact the National Archives at Kew to see if they have details of his service record, Roy



George_of_Westbury Report 25 Feb 2013 15:53

You can try the National Archives to check if they have his service records, but i have to say all the Pension & service records were transferred some while ago to Ancestry, which is where i have looked, and found nothing.


was plain ann now annielaurie

was plain ann now annielaurie Report 25 Feb 2013 18:25

If his records aren't on Ancestry, they won't be at Kew, as George says.