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    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 at 20:26
Nick, Caleb,
                      As my Grandfather had served with 510 Siege Battery R.G.A I was aware what R.G.A was an abbreviation of.
Can I suggest R.G.S is Remote Ground Station to advise the Army Post Service that AM Streat was on detachment from No.10 Sqn?
Sad to say it is too late for Dogzbody to ask his Granddad for confirmation......John
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Siege Batteries RGA were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12 inch howitzers. As British artillery tactics developed, the Siege Batteries were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines. The armaments of each battery will be given as details are added.

The 253rd (Siege) Battery, R.G.A. was formed on 13th September 1916 at Hartlepool as a New Army unit. It went to France in January 1917, part of 22 Brigade RGA (182, 253, 287, 265, Batteries), part of 3rd Army Artillery (commanded by Major General Wardrop) on 11.1.1918.

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Hello Caleb,
                       I will look for Ralph Streat on the Ilford 14-18 War Memorial if he attended school in the area there is a possibility.  R.G.A was an abreviation of Royal Garrison Artillery the heavy boys.
A wireless operator attached to the 'Gunners' would have put him in range of enemy counter fire.
On attachment his mail would have missed the usual censure by the Squadron Orderly Officer these things happen in wartime.        Keep up the good work,   Dogz.
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AH HA Just reading Ralph`s letters home, and he talks about climbing trees and putting ariels up. On 26 Feb 1917, he writes that he is attached to 42 sq, " 3 squadrons in 3 weeks " and gives the address R.G.S. wireless operator R.F.C, 253 Siege Bty R.G.A. so he was clearly the wireless link man between the Be5`s and the artillery. This is presumably how he died. What was RGS and RGA ? His previous letters give no info whatsoever so how was he able to give such info without censure ?
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Dear Dogz,
Ralph Streat was born in Ilford, and grew up there as a child, before moving to Finchley. I don`t suppose he is listed on a war memorial there ? Thanks for all your suggestions,
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dogzbody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2010 at 19:49
Hello K,
              Yes do please keep us informed.
Talking with Nick Saturday, he suggested your Uncle may have been an air raid casualty, that would include the fall out from anti-aircraft fire, it did a lot of damage in my home town Ilford in both wars.
As an alternative he may have been at the Front salvaging a crashed machine, or on detachment with a wireless operator to a Battery that No.10 were carrying out Art-Obs for.
                                               Good luck,     Dogzbody.
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Dear Dogz,
Thank you for your continued help; after much newbie faffing I managed to trace the ref at Kew for casulties 10th sq Nov 1917, and am awaiting an estimate for copies. Is it just me, or are the methods for tracing files at PRO hard to understand ? It`s probably practice, but I would be happy to share any other info gleaned when it arrives. Ta
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dogzbody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2010 at 19:43
Nick,
         The Casualty Card in RAF Museum Archives for AM R. G Streat just confirmed what we already knew that he died of wounds 30/11/1917.
Confirmation of wounds rule out an accident, we need some kind member to check  Air1 Reference for No.10 Sqn at the National Archives. They are 11, 45, 92-3, 116, 166, 184, 688, 1218-19, 1279, 1361-73, 1695-98, 2148.
 
Good turn out at the AGM well done everybody........Dogzbody  
 
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         As you can see I have been able to login again, thanks for the posting at 09.45.
Has anyone else had trouble with being unable to login or is the Forum only allergic to Dogzbody?
See you at the AGM Saturday.   John  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote NickForder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Apr 2010 at 09:45
Hobson (Airmen Died) notes :
 
AMI R.G Streat , 10 Sqn, DOW. WF

 

No pilot or A/C mentioned, I have to wait until Monday for a  check on Streat among the Casualty Cards at the RAF Archives, if  they turn up trumps I will send for you to post on the Forum for the family concerned.

John

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