Hurbert Handley

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Hurbert Handley

Postby matthew » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:16 pm

Hi there my great uncle Hurbert Handley no:14233 was with the 9th bat the Worcestershire. I know that he was in Gallipoli. What i wanted to know is when did the 9th deploy to baku as i have a hand written letter from a Shuttleworth Coloniel Commanding 39th infantry brigade, as I cant find any information about Baku.

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Postby scully » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:05 pm

Hi Matt,

The 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment deployed to Baku in 1918 in stages as follows:
'A' Company arrived first on the 23rd August 1918.
'B' Company arrived on the 29th August 1918.
'C' Company arrived on the 4th September 1918.
'D' Company remained at Hamadan.

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Postby matthew » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:23 pm

Hi there thank you for your quick reply. This might be a stupid question but what does Trans. class z. ar mean on his medal roll card. thank you.
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Postby scully » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:43 pm

Hi Matt,

Trans. class z. simply means he was transferred to Z Class.

Class Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3rd December 1918. As there were fears that Germany would not accept the terms of any peace treaty, and therefore the British Government decided it would be wise to be able to quickly recall trained men in the eventuality of the resumption of hostilities. Soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve "for the duration", were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was finally abolished on 31st March 1920.

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Postby matthew » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:46 pm

Thank you i have a photo for the site that i will upload. Thank you again.
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