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Nominal Roll

As far as I am aware a Nominal Roll of those personnel who served with the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (Frontiersmen) during it’s three year existance has never been produced.  If one has then it would appear not to have survived in the public domain.  

In an effort to correct this omission I have, over a number of years, compiled such a roll from a number of available resources. These include the 1914/1915 Star, British War & Victory Medal Rolls held at the National Archives in series WO329, the associated Medal Index Cards in series WO372 and available through the National Archives Online service, the ‘Burnt’ and ‘Unburnt’ series of service records for ‘other ranks’ in series WO363 & WO364 respectively and the service records for officers in series WO339 & WO374.  It is worth noting that the records held in series WO363 and WO364 are also available online with Ancestry and Findmypast and those held in series WO329 and WO372 with Ancestry.

I make no claims that the roll is complete and it’s still, very much, a work in progress.  As such I would, of course, be happy to receive any information on men known or believed to have served with the Battalion.

It would appear that the majority of personnel who served overseas with the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers either proceeded overseas with the original Battalion in April 1915 or as part of four subsequent reinforcement drafts, these reinforcements proceeding overseas in July & October 1916 and February & July 1917.

The nominal roll will eventually include, wherever possible, an indication as to which of the five groups a soldier initially proceeded overseas with.  Please follow the links to either go to the nominal roll or to the detail page for each of the five groupings.

Those men shown in italics and marked with a x enlisted into the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers but were discharged as “not likely to make an efficient soldier” prior to the battalion proceeding overseas.

Nominal Roll Original Battalion Draft #1 Draft #2 Draft #3 Draft #4

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