Egham, St John the Baptist

Four ringers from Egham joined up. I think I’ve correctly identified all four, despite what appears to be a high proportion of errors in the original roll. The most curious story is that of Percy Edward Gigg. He seems to have been in Yorkshire around the outbreak of war and initially attested in Richmond, Yorkshire, joining the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI). Yet after a couple of months he seems to attest again in Kingston-upon-Thames, now to the East Surrey Regiment. This seems to have caused some confusion later on, but his service appears to have been regarded as continuous, with no sign that he was thought to have done anything wrong. After training with 2/6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, he was posted overseas with 1/7th Battalion (3rd (City of London) Volunteer Rifle Corps), the London Regiment, and received a shrapnel wound to the left hand on 7 October 1916. He returned to duty, but was diagnosed with shell shock after going sick on 10 June 1917. He remained in hospital until his discharge from the army on 10 October 1918.

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