The Old and the Bold

The Fourth Reinforcement Draft

In the same way as the third draft the fourth reinforcement draft was another mixture of ‘old heads’ transferred into the battalion after recovering from wounds etc. and conscripted men.  This draft was assembled from men of the 31st Training Reserve Battalion and 5th (Reserve) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (248) at Dover, the 98th Training Reserve Battalion (64) at Aldershot and the 107th Training Reserve Battalion at Portobello.  They had embarked at Plymouth on the 23rd July 1917 aboard the “R.M.S. Corinthic” a 12,231 ton ship of the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line destined for India and disembarked at Durban on the 29th August.

Here they transhipped for the final leg of the journey, some of the draft embarked aboard the “Princess” on the 11th September and disembarked at Lindi on the 18th whilst the rest of the draft embarked on the 21st September aboard the “s.s. Ingoma” a 5,686 ton ship of the Charente Steamship Co. Ltd managed by T. & J. Harrison of Liverpool and disembarked at Dar es Salaam on the 28th September.

The embarkation return(1) for the fourth reinforcement draft bound for the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in East Africa shows that they proceeded overseas on 23rd July with an establishment of 384 men under the command of Lieutenant J. B. T. Low and Second Lieutenants A. W. Morris, K. Cruit and C. V. Hosken.  

R.M.S. “Corinthic”

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Also on board bound for East Africa were details of Royal Engineers, Royal Garrison Artillery, Royal Flying Corps, Army Service Corps and Royal Army Medical Corps

(1) National Archives Reference WO 25/3558

    Embarkation Returns, At Home for Abroad - Jul. to Sep. 1917.

s.s. “Ingoma”

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