My fa­ther didn’t serve on the front line in WW1, but what can you tell me about his reg­i­ment?

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QMy fa­ther Sid­ney John Hill was born on 15 July 1894 in Is­ling­ton, Lon­don. In the early 1900s, he moved to Torquay, Devon, from where he was con­scripted early in WW1. He was not a fully fit man and did not serve on the front line. I un­der­stand he spent most of his army ser­vice in the records of­fice in Ex­eter, but know noth­ing more. I can find no ref­er­ence to him in any of the on­line mil­i­tary data. This photo shows my fa­ther in Army uni­form. Can you give me any more in­for­ma­tion about the corps or reg­i­ment in which he served? Bram Hill, by email

AIf a man didn’t serve over­seas there won’t even be a Medal Card for him, but a photo can help. This is a Ter­ri­to­rial Force (pre­de­ces­sors of the Ter­ri­to­rial Army) sol­dier of the Devon­shire Reg­i­ment and the pho­to­graph was prob­a­bly taken in 1915.

I sus­pect that Sid­ney en­listed in late 1914 when his med­i­cal state might not have been no­ticed. The sec­ond line Ter­ri­to­rial Force bat­tal­ions also served abroad so Sid­ney may have later trans­ferred to an ad­min­is­tra­tive corps such as the Pay Corps or be­come an Army Clerk if he served at the Ex­eter Army Records Of­fice. Phil To­maselli

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