Thrift Edward Lt/QM 147075

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Name Thrift Edward
Army number 147075
Rank Lieutenant/Quartermaster.
Decorations No record of service decorations for WW1 service. No awards over and above service medals have been traced.
Date of birth Born Dover July 1902.
Age 64 at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry and allocated Regimental Number 26875. He was attested 30/10/1916 aged 14 1/2 years old. His World War One service appears to have been "Boy" service - perhaps as a bandsman? - with no mention of overseas duty. Re-enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry and allocated Regimental Number 4435655 - date of re-enlistment and subsequent service not yet known. Probably recalled to the Colours for the Second World War - hence the voyage from Canada? Discharged 2/9/1940 at Edinburgh on being Commissioned. Continued to serve in The Durham Light Infantry - granted an Emergency Commission as a Lt(QM) 3/9/1940. Posted to the 10th Bn DLI. Served Iceland. Transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry 20/5/1942. Relinquished Commission as Honorary Captain QM on grounds of disability 27/4/1946.
Company/Battery Battalion HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Regimental Quarter-Master Sergeant. Quartermaster.
Joined Brigade 3/9/1940, or shortly thereafter.
Promotions W/S Captain 3/9/1943.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Died 19/5/1967. Death registered Q1 1967, Aldershot, Hampshire. Probate granted Winchester Registry 9/8/1967.
Home address Father - Barrett Thrift. Mother - Mrs Rebecca Thrift (nee Kelly) - listed as Next of Kin on attestation in 1916. In the 1911 Census he was listed as residing at 6 Railway View, Duckmead Lane East, Liss, Hampshire, England. Returned from Canada on the "Empress of Britain" arriving on 17 August 1939 - aged 37. No trace yet found of a marriage.
Source table 10DLI