12th Bn letterhead crest

12th Bn letterhead crest

Postby plbramham » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:53 pm

There is little written about the 12th Battalion (Special Reserve), presumably because they were just a reserve battalion which only existed for about 15 months from May/June 1915 to September 1916. (Details from: http://border-regiment.co.uk/index.php? ... r_Regiment )
“Not deployed on operational service overseas Remained in UK. Formed from the Depot Coys of the 11th Battalion at Prees Heath and remained in the UK supplying drafts to the Lonsdales. On 1 September 1916 the battalion was absorbed into the 75th Training Reserve Battalion of 17th Reserve Brigade.”

This letterhead crest is the only artefact or documentation I have ever seen relating to them.
Apparently there was a patriotic trend which started about the time of The Boer War for collecting these crests in albums – similar to stamp collecting, which continued into the Edwardian & WW1 period.

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Re: 12th Bn letterhead crest

Postby spike » Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:52 pm

An interesting case illustrating this is here GH Bartle of Castle Cottages, Cockermouth
(thanks to Mike Deacon for the service documents)

Attestation form of 17553 Private George Henry Bartle, a Gamekeeper of Castle Cottages Cockermouth,
age 32 married, joining 11th Border Regiment- dated 1st January 1915
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A list of his record of service showing he joined the 11th Border Depot, was in the 12th Border, transferred oveseas
to the 11th Border for 1 day then joined the 8th.(he was wounded July 1916 and on recovery joined the 7th Border,
dying of wounds received in action on 14th April 1918
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Service including home leaves from the record
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Re: 12th Bn letterhead crest

Postby spike » Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:12 pm

Whilst a Prees Heath 13th March 1916 with the reserve battalion GH Bartle was on a misconduct charge for overstaying his leave, and fined 2 days pay signed by Major Binning. ( I wonder if it was his leave before going to France)> despite this he was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal on 21st March 1916.
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The reason he stayed in the UK, despite joining in early 1915 appears to have been a spell with a medical condition in 1915, shown here by a leave pass issued from St Mary's military hospital in July 1915
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On 28th April 1916 he embarked from Folkestone for France aboard the MS Victoria to the 32 IBD at Etaples Bull Ring and then the 2nd Etng Bn before transferring to the 11th Border 4th June 1916, but was transferred to the 8th Border the next day. He was wounded in action on 10th July 1916, gunshot wound , thigh and sent first to an Australian Hospital in Wimereux.
Then sent back to England, to hospital aboard the MS Cambrai
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Re: 12th Bn letterhead crest

Postby spike » Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:30 pm

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His record with the 7th Border, whom he joined in March 1917, after recovering from his thigh wound, is below.
He joined the 7th from 25 IBD 21 March 1917 and was wounded in action (gunshot wound face) 27th April 1917.
He spent a couple of weeks at 18th General Hospital, before back to the 25th IBD at Etaples and rejoining the 7th on 8th June 1917.
On 15th August he was finally appointed as a paid Lance Corporal. One further spell in hospital with Myalgia occured in late (27th)October 1917., but returned to the 7th the next day
He did manage a spell of home leave 23 January 1918- 6th February 1918. On the 29th March 1918 he was wounded in action, a gunshot wound to the thigh again, but this time it was more serious.It took him to 8th General Hospital in Rouen, where on the 14th April 1918, he died as a result of his wounds.
He is buried in Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Rouen , in grave C 23 A
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BARTLE GEORGE HENRY
17553 Lance Corporal
Formerly 11th Border, transferred 8th Border, then 7th Border.
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14th April 1918
BOIS GUILLAUME COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
C 23 A
Age 36. A gamekeeper by trade. Son of Mary and the late George Bartle, of Waterloo Cottage, Cockermouth Husband of Margret Jane Bartle, of Castle Cottages, Cockermouth. Formerly 11th then 8th Border. Wounded three times in action- Face and thigh. Died of thigh wounds in hospital in Rouen.
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