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George Thomas WAKELING, stretcher bearer in WW1

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Re: George Thomas WAKELING, stretcher bearer in WW1

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 8:13PM GMT
Classification: Military
Edited: 28 Jan 2013 6:54AM GMT
There's a medal index card at the National Archives web site (poor quality B&W scans from microfilm) at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/medal-index-cards... (scroll down to name input screen) High quality colour scans available on Ancestry.

Wakeling, George
Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Highlanders 9916 Private
Royal Highlanders 9916 Serjeant

I can't access the actual cards but the two entries indicate he was a private when he first went overseas and a sergeant when he was discharged or the war ended.

The picture is very small but after enlarging it, I believe the badge on his sleeve is the Lyre that was a bandsman's trade badge. Bandsmen served as regimental stretcher bearers so that supports part of your information. Being a sergeant wouldn't directly equate to him being a drum major and search of the National Archives indicates some 21 men whose rank was actually given as drum major.

Your reference to being awarded "King's Corporal" I assume you mean he gained a field promotion, which was considering the losses in WWI was a common event.

Use his service number to check for any surviving record on Ancestry (all that do exist have digitised in conjunction with the National Archives and placed on Ancestry)
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Sharon Haigh 17 Jan 2013 11:12AM GMT 
JeffH01 28 Jan 2013 3:13AM GMT 
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