Following my post earlier this week on Albert Victor Hartland, one of our very capable Friends of the Archives and volunteers, Frank Lockley, has done some further research on Ancestry to find out a bit more about him.
Although copies of his service records are available on Ancestry, some of them are in a poor condition so the information is not all legible.
He enlisted into the army on 10 December 1915, giving his next of kin as his father, Eli Hartland. He was a member of the 2/5 South Staffordshire Regiment, and his regiment number was 202098. He was mobilised on 10 May 1916, which is when his medical and papers were “signed off” by the Depot Commanding Officer. On 25 February 1917 he was posted to France, transferring to 1/6 South Staffordshire Regiment on 25 January 1918. He was demobilised on 31 August 1919.
His medical records give a bit more detail about the man himself. He is stated as being 18 years and 186 days old. He was 5ft 6 1/2 inches tall, and weighed 119 pounds. His occupation was given as “clerk”.
Thank you very much for this research, and we are always keen to hear about more information about the people we feature on this blog, or about any Wolverhampton men or woman and their stories during the First World War.