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PostSubject: WW1 Promotions   Tue 19 Feb 2013, 18:16

With the high loss of officers I assume the turn over of promotions was fast. I have just learned of a distant relative - fascinating link, too - who as in a tank battle at Cambrai (?) and ended the war as a major. He was not quite born into what I would call the officer class of that time so it must have been through rapid promotion.

Being of yeoman rural stock I assume he joined the cavalry - and hence became a tank man. Any sites where I can be off loaded for info would be of interest. Thank you.
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 Promotions   Tue 19 Feb 2013, 21:45

What kind of info are you looking for P? If it's about your relative you might start here http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/britisharmysoldierafter1913.htm
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 Promotions   Wed 20 Feb 2013, 04:25

Priscilla wrote:
With the high loss of officers I assume the turn over of promotions was fast. I have just learned of a distant relative - fascinating link, too - who as in a tank battle at Cambrai (?) and ended the war as a major. He was not quite born into what I would call the officer class of that time so it must have been through rapid promotion.

Being of yeoman rural stock I assume he joined the cavalry - and hence became a tank man. Any sites where I can be off loaded for info would be of interest. Thank you.
Like ferval, I am not quite certain what kind of info you are looking for, Priscilla, but you may find something of interest here


http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1543&AID=10402952&PID=3652204




http://www.1914-1918.net/



And if someone else find an interest in someone German, you may have a look on this thread - some of it written in English

http://www.feldgrau.net/forum/index.php
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 Promotions   Wed 20 Feb 2013, 10:24

I wondered how promotions were come by in WW1. I do not have enough details of the man - even his true name even .... 'Old Wally' or 'that old b****er' is not quite enough. Though everyone was agreed - and somewhat surprised that he ended the war as a major. And that must have been true as his veteran brothers would soon have demolished him. However, I'll pursue the links with thanks - and look up the battle, too.
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 Promotions   Wed 20 Feb 2013, 13:45

I'm sure I've either read or seen that by 1918 around one-third of the BEF's officers had been promoted from the ranks. And the average age of a battalion commander [Lt Colonel] was only 28 compared with 50 in 1914.

An additional link to the National Archives, this one for researching officers;

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/officerbritisharmyafter1913.htm
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