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