Wow thats a difficult one to decipher. But from the bottom part of it stating he is drawing rations in lieu of eateries suggests that he was living in civillian accomodation rather than barracks.
Further to my last , his papers say that he is medical catagory B1 which is a little ambiguous but official documents state....
On 27th January, 1916, the Military Service act became law, every man between the ages of 18 and 41, if unmarried, was 'deemed to have enlisted'. On 25th May, married men were 'deemed' to have done the same. The following categories were established
B1: Garrison Service Abroad
The Official History records the physical standards defining each category:
B1: Able to march five miles, and see to shoot with glasses and hear well
So perhaps it was just his eyesight that kept him in blighty
Interesting stuff chocks, you're really throwing some light on this.
I was looking at all this paperwork in the pub Sunday and I'm sure I read that he was a clerk in civvy life maybe that's why he got to stay at home.
Anyway chocks there's a lot more of this stuff to come.
I spent a few hours last night trying to track down young Arthurs place of work and what unit he was with. I managed to track him down to a HT (Horse Transport) Unit but it was difficult to find out which one. Eventually I thought I had found out the answer but today you posted a document with his unit on it as 793rd HT Company. This threw a little spanner in the works but eventually it has confirmed my original thoughts.
I had him down as being part of the Army Remounts Service but the company numbers for that unit are not listed. Having searched the regular army company numbers, 793 is not listed so it could have only been a reserve unit. I then managed to find it listed in the "Bithish Army Companion" which is basically a book of army lists and low and behold it was the Kensington Company of the Army Remounts Service. Responsible for the training and supply of horse and mules to all other units of the British Army (that is to say, non Cavalry or Horse Artillery units).
One of the units main depots was at Ormskirk and in one of the doc's his re-enrolement unit is Ormskirk so that helps confirm my thoughts.
Knowing what his actual trade was is a little more dificult but his records state that he was at GHQ which was at that time in Park Royal London and was in no way associated with the training of the horses, as that and stabling was done at the various depots so he was obviously doing some kind of admin' work, which would bear out the fact that he was, as in civvy street a clerk of some description.
A great piece of research Chocks, thanks very much.
The thing we can't understand is how his family allowed this family history to find it's way on the market on the internet.
Ian only purchased it because among it, it included a membership book for the Ancient Order Of Frothblowers.
Which as you know is of great interest to Ian, Chris and myself.
Brilliant chocks well done
Reading though these documents I really feel honoured to basically have Arthur Cordwell's life story on our forum.