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Robert Banks TS/10227 Army Service Corps

My grandfather, a farrier/blacksmith, aged 43 enlisted in December 1915 in the mistaken belief that only one member of a family would have to serve in the war. Fortunately both he and his son who subsequently served in the RFC survived. I have photographs to include in his Life Story

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      • Michael G Hyslop commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yvonne,
        I have looked at the ASC web site and found that the prefix TS means that the man was specially enlisted for his trade: in other words, he came from civilian employment in a trade that was of direct value to work in the Horse Transport eg a shoesmith. A prefix starting with M indicates a man working with mechanical transport.

      • Michael G Hyslop commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thank you Yvonne - I was being too clever in my search as I had included the TS/ prefix as that is the number on his service records which I found on Ancestry. One thing which I have noticed is on his lifestory record his rank is driver but on his service records it is ‘Shoeing Smith’

      • Yvonne Fenter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello Michael ...

        This appears to be the record for your grandfather ...
        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/168955

        I checked the medal card image, and the character on it after the TS in his service number is shown as a "-" rather than a "/", which is probably why you couldn't find him.

        It's very common for there to be a variety of different characters used in different documents for separating the letters from the numbers in service numbers.

        A good trick when doing searches for service numbers is to replace the leading characters with an asterisk, which then does a "wildcard" search that will pick up all sorts of odd leading character combinations.

        So in your grandfather's case I found him by searching for
        Banks *10227

        Good luck with your research, and I look forward to seeing his Life Story once you've updated it and added your photographs.

        Yvonne, IWM Volunteer

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