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Charles Frederick Bowhay 2839


Can anyone help me out please.

Charles Frederick Bowhay
Birth: 2 DEC 1867 • Blackawton, Devon, England
Death: 3 JAN 1951 • Berry Pomeroy, Devon, England

On Ancestry it shows his name on 3 Military Medal records with the same Regiment Number: 2839

On the Forces War Records site I typed in ‘2839’ and it came up with the following 2 records:

1: Charles Frederick Bowhay
Age: 40
Incident Details: Sickness, Army Order II 10/08/1917
Rank: Acting Bombardier
Service Number: 2839
Service From Date: 29/12/1899
Service To Date: 22/09/1916
Overseas: Yes
Primary Unit: Royal Field Artillery

2: Frederick Charles Bowhay
Age: 38
Rank: Acting Bombardier
Service Number: 2839
Years Service: 16 years
Ailment: Cerebral Tumour
Date Discharge: 15/09/1916
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

1: It shows him age 40 in 1916 but if he was born in 1867 he would be 49.
2: It shows his name as Frederick Charles instead of Charles Frederick and the age says 38.

Both records show the same Service Number – 2839, so why are things different?
Possibly a mistake with the 9 and the 0. Mis-transcribed possibly. Or he lied, regarding his age. Or the records damaged by water and fire, and hard to read.

Also, if he was discharged 15/09/1915.......but his service to date was 22/09.1916.........where did that week go, or come from.