Albert Fowler formerly 31564 Worcs Regt

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Albert Fowler formerly 31564 Worcs Regt

Postby Baffles » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:40 am

This soldier died with the Somerset Light Infantry but I have found a reference that he was formerly 31564 Worcester Regt.
Anybody know why soldiers changed regiments or any clues to this man's career in the Worcesters.
Any information gratefully recieved
Thanking you in anticipation
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Postby LarsA » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:43 pm

He was probably called up/enlisted in the Worcesters for his first period of service. When need for reinforcements for another unit on his posting overseas (or in this case the forming of the 1st garrison battalion of the SLI) he would change battalion.

Sometimes, a brother could "claim" other brothers to serve in his unit, but as the 1st garrison battalion was formed early 1917 and sent overseas to India in february 1917 I think that the most likely cause for changing units is the first one above.

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Re: Albert Fowler formerly 31564 Worcs Regt

Postby arboskittler » Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:50 pm

A bit more information......

Albert Fowler of Hawkechurch Devon (enlisted Axminster) was in Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry) 1st F S Garrison Battalion service number 35031. Was formerly with the Worcesters with service number 31564.

His date of death was 3 March 1917 - At Sea!

So maybe the ship he was on was attacked? (or he simply died of illness whilst on the ship, or even fell over board?)

He's commemorated at the Basra Memorial.

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