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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,
Regards Caleb
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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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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dogzbody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 2010 at 20:41
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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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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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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