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MIC Details for John Ramsey

Hello again, more fishing for help from experienced folk!

My great grandfathers MIC card
has his qualifying date down as 16/8/14. does that indicate that he had joined up prior to the start of the war? And does it mean that he may have taken part in the BEF?

His corps looks like 26/H.B R.G.A (Gnr) which I believe is the 26th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Underneath it then says Labour Corps (Pte)

Does that indicate (as it says transfd in Action Taken) that he was transferred to the Labour Corps possibly after an injury?

Anecdotal family gossip was that he had a plate in his head from Passchendaele but as he left my great gran in 1922 to return to London from Shrewsbury we have very little to go on! Could that be related to his transfer?

Finally, (and please advise if I should ask these questions separately) his Theatre of War is blank, could this mean he did not go to France and served in UK or would it just be left off by whoever wrote it, in error?

second Finally! To supply those whose interest is piqued, he came from a poor area of Peckham according to Booth records (Hatcham Road) and my understanding is that early volunteers were escaping poverty so he may have been taking the shilling but not very fit.

I hope some few of you may be patient enough to help me!

He may have had a pension record. Ancestry have WW1 Pension Records online. I found my great grandfather on there.