2/4th pocket testament

2/4th pocket testament

Postby plbramham » Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:34 pm

I have a particular interest in the “Forgotten Battalions” of WW1 – the 1/4th & 2/4th Bn Territorials who spent the War in Burma, India & Mesopotamia. Hence I was very pleased to pick up an usual artefact (for just over a fiver!) – a tiny pocket testament given to a 2/4th Bn Sergeant by his mother as a present for Christmas 1915.
It appears to be a testament version designed for military recipients, having a fold out flap for regimental details inside. It must have been quite a lavish gift having several colour pictures depicting biblical scenes and a tooled suede leather cover.
The recipient was Sergeant JOHN ALBERT FORSTER 2/4th Bn. No 2281, later 200938. He received British War Medal and Victory Medal, plus the India General Service Medal with 1919 NW Frontier clasp, awarded to 2/4th Bn men who participated in the 3rd Afghan War
A quick search on the “Free BMD” website shows he was born in Carlisle during the July/August/September quarter of 1896. Married July/August/September 1924, to spouse surname of Laidman, and died in July/Aug/Sept quarter of 1979.
The seller said that family history states that he continued to serve after WW1 from 1920-1935, (whether as a territorial or if he joined the regulars is unknown) They believe his wife was called Margaret.
I’ll add further details about this WW1 territorial if I find them,

P.S. The book is in exceptional condition considering the distance it travelled and the climate – I don’t think he read it much! (Perhaps he didn’t share his mother’s enthusiasm for religion!)
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The pocket testament designed for military recipients
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Fold out flap for regimental details inside
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Inscription from his mother Xmas 1915
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Forster's name inside the rear cover
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Forster's medal index card showing his entitlement to the IGSM & 1919 clasp
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Re: 2/4th pocket testament

Postby hussar1000 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:29 pm

A most interesting find.
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