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Corporal G Kirby? 1st Gordon Highlanders. Prisoner of War in Germany
(Inventory No 107 / My 009)

Postcard appears to have been sent as part of some other posted material, ca. 1914-1918 +/-. Addressed to Mrs Edger, 118 Potter Row, off Chapel Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

Any information about this soldier is welcome?

Notes & Comments

The soldier identifies himself as "9213 Cpl G Kirby?, 1st Gordon Highn Barrack 32 Friedrichsfeld Bei Wesel Rhd Germany.

Ruth McIntosh has kindly provided the following information about Corporal George Kirby - George's parents were George Kerby and Elizabeth Moreland. (Ruth discovered that at least 10 people had the army number 9123, and there may have been many more.)

George joined the Gordons on 14-11-1903 on a short service attestation; he appears to have spent three years of his time in the East Indies, landing in India 25-10-1904; and was discharged on 17-05-1907 to the Territorial Reserve. He rejoined the Gordon Highlanders and was mobilized at Aberdeen on 6-8-1914 (not sure where to), but on records he was already a POW on 26-8-1914. George appears to have spent the war as a POW, and he was repatriated to the UK on 18-11-1918.

He married Mary Marshall Edgar in Edinburgh in 1910 (Ruth asks if he was perhaps sending the postcard photo to his mother-in-law?), but his wife divorced him in 1928, stating his whereabouts was unknown.


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