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    Earlier today I was able to download a copy of my great uncle Thomas William Taylor's medal card from the National Archives and would appreciate some help in deciphering the written comments.

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    I gather he saw action in the Balkans (with the South Staffordshire Regiment, possibly 7th Battalion) and was discharged presumably after the Battalion had been moved to Egypt. What intrigues me the most is the ***** List F/91. Another document regarding eligibility for an Army Pension states he was discharged as being unfit for military duty, but gives no further details. He possibly died in 1919 but he does not have an entry on the CWGC site.
     
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    Is it SWB - Silver War Badge? (I don't know much about these other than reading other people's posts about them, but it would fit with being discharged as unfit.)
     
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    Thanks Arthur, now you've pointed it out it can't possibly be my 1st impression, Scorb. :oops::)
     
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    Just as a matter of interest, what was his service No. ?
     
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    12463, Terry. He appears to have originally enlisted in Birmingham in December 1910 aged 18, when he expressed a wish to join the 4th Hussars. My military knowledge is vanishingly small but the uniform he was wearing here looks more Hussars than South Staffs. I'm confident he's the Thomas William discharged on health grounds as his full name, address, age and civilian occupation all tally, so perhaps he was transferred when the 7th Battalion was formed. I think the photograph was taken in a studio in Salisbury.

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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    The C.W.G.C. do have someone by that name and service No.
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     http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/404117/TAYLOR,%20THOMAS%20WILLIAM
     
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    Thank you Chimp. C|:-) There is no doubt whatsoever you've found my great uncle Thomas for me. When I did my search I only had his enlistment record, so ignored South Staffs. Looks like a death certificate is called for.

    OOI. His mother is my Stourbridge born g grandma Ellen, who completely foxed the best sleuths on both TD and Stourbridge FHS.
     
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    I just used the surname, initials and a date range for death 01/01/1919-31/12/1919. I think it only brought 2 up and when you gave the service No. he happened to be one of them.

    Pleased I could help.
     
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    FMP have his service records

    Taylor Thomas William 1892 — 1916 British Army Service Records Aston, Warwickshire, England

    I don't have FMP at the moment so can't help you out.
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    He looks so young:(

    I have FMP;)
     
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    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    Not only do they have his enlistment papers, but all of his discharge paperwork too.

    He suffered with nephritis.
     
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    Huge thanks to Molly and Chimp. Everything done and dusted, and no need for a death certificate. Must revisit the South Staffs home page and enter what I now know into their records. I suspect Molly, g uncle would have been 20 at the eldest when the photograph was taken.
     
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    Brilliant :)
     
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    I'll go to the foot of our stairs. The entry below is for Thomas's brother!!

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    Back to FMP!!
     

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