Wilfred H. Traves

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Number: 110561          Unit: Royal Army Medical Corps

Rank: Pte.                                  Commemorated:
                                          Woodhall Spa Cemetery, Lincs.

PERSONAL and SERVICE DETAILS.

Regretably, I have very little detail concerning Wilfred.  The Commonwealth War Grave recods give no indication as to surviving relatives.  However, for him to have been brought home for burial in Woodhall Spa Cemetery, I feel sure there must have been close family in the village at that time.  When he died, Wilfred was serving in a Home Service Company of the Labour Corps.  He had transferred to this unit from the Royal Army Medical Corps.  He died on the 23rd November 1918 almost certainly as a result of illness. For a man to be transferred to a Home Service Company he would have been medically classified as not fit for service abroad. This would have been due to injury or illness. Unfortunately Home Service Companies did not keep War Diaries and virtually no records still exist about their work in the UK. However I do know that this Company was an Agricultural Company.  477 Company is shown as having its HQ at Lincoln so he is likely to have been employed on a farm in the area. Men who were transferred to Agricultural Companies were usually those of the lowest medical category. I say usually as there are also a few examples of men with agricultural experience being transferred to these Companies. He was 19 years old when he died.

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