1st and 2nd Border Regiment inter-war locations (forum archive)
|Posted by plbramham » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:03 am|
|Posted by MobiSam » Thu May 16, 2013 9:27 am|
|You have the 1st Btn noted as being in Shanghai in 1927 and I am hoping you might be able to supply more information on this.
My maternal grandfather, George Edward Ridewood, was in the 1st Btn, The Border Regiment from Jan 1925 to Jan 1932 (No: 3593903). From his service records he was posted to China from 29 Jan 1927 to 29 Dec 1927. As his records also indicate that he was 'Home' up to 28 Jan 1927 and again from 30 Dec 1927, the dates are obviously not where he nor the Regiment actually were as they were not able to relocate from one place to the other in one day. As there are no entries in his records of how the regiment traveled to/from China, I am not able to determine the actual date of departure from the UK.
His first daughter, my mother, was born Dec 1927. I trust you can see our quandary as, if he was in China for most of 1927, how was he able to conceive my mother around March of that year.
Would you be able to shed any light on exactly when the Btn may have left the UK?
Thank you in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide.
John Trigge Australia
|Posted by plbramham » Thu May 16, 2013 10:13 am|
|That is a strange one!
I would have said that for some unknown reason he did not go with the battalion to China in January hence he would have been around in March 1927,thus making possible you mother's birth month of December. However that does not work as you say that his record states that he was in China from 29th Jan 1927 to December 1927. I wonder if the "start" date on his record should perhaps have read "March" rather than January? That would work in the timescale and the standard of literacy amongst records clerks were not too brilliant in those days, so it could be an explanation. I do not have records of what month the battalion went to China, only that is was in 1927 so it may well have been March/April? It's just his records stating "January" which causes the confusion.
I'm afraid I do not have any dates of sailing etc to China - perhaps the regimental museum at Carlisle may be able to help?
Sorry I cannot offer a better solution, but I think "delayed" departure for an unknown reason or a mistake on his record are is the only answers I can come up with.