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Postby Steve_Butler » Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:33 pm

Posted from our updates page 20th December 2009: enjoy the journey!

There are many thousands of individual stories of the Mounted Troops of the NZMR. Some known but most lost in the course of time as the people that knew the individual have also passed on.
Sometimes records of little quirky things arrive that pull at your thoughts and make you ask; "How did that happen?"

One such find happened on the other side of the globe last week when David Porter was going through files as he continues his research into the Somersets and Ayrshire Artillery Regiments that were engaged with the Anzacs during WW1.

David relates of his find:
I was browsing through some Ayrshire battery pension records on Ancestry early this morning. Quite suddenly one turned into that of a New Zealand Mounted Rifles man injured in 1901. The man is 4656 Trooper Richard Young who was shot in the chest on November 5th 1901. Details are in the attached 4 pages but there are a few more there and some duplicates. If you want to track them down - search for John Young 602242 in Pensions and the other (unindexed) record starts from page 24677 of 26007. It would be interesting to find out if Trooper Young was in Egypt & Palestine alongside the battery.
Other than that I can see no reason why his papers turn up in those of the Ayrshire man. Kind Regards, David Porter.
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Postby greg » Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:21 pm

Just to fill in a few details:

1: returned to nz feb 6th: see http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bi ... 1----2-all
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Postby QSAPhil » Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:43 am

My opinion is the Richard Young's papers turning up where they have is nothing more than a filing error. I don't believe he served in WW1 as there is no Medal Index Card or papers for a man of this name as far as British Army service is concerned. Of course his name is not that uncommon, so I do stand to be corrected. He is not the Richard Young who served with the NZEF - different parents and too young to have served in South Africa.

Misfiled paperwork has turned up before - in the middle of the QSA roll for the New Zealand Mounted Rifles are WW1 papers relating to AG Fabian NZEF and a medical board he was put before. They shouldn't be there, but there they are!

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