Re: 38th Royal Fusiliers Question #general

David R. Brill

Ben Forman wrote:

How do I find out the Unit of the 38th Royal Fusiliers in which my
Great Grandfather served, his regimental number was J.518. There's a
war diary on Ancestry which is for the 2nd Battalion 29th Division, in
the Gallipoli Section. I don't think it's relevant to my GGF as I know
he was shipped out to Egypt and served in Palestine but it would help
to find out more.
I suggest checking out two sources. The first is the British Army Service
Records 1914-1919 available (for a small payment) on You may
be able to find his scanned discharge documents, containing a full service
record, on this site. I would also contact the archives of Beit Hagdudim
(Legion House) in Avichail, Israel, which has records on individual Legion
soldiers. I should point out that the 38th Battalion Royal Fusiliers was
actually the name of the unit, within the larger British Army regiment
called the Royal Fusiliers. Historically, the 38th Battalion was one of a
group of 4 battalions collectively known as the Jewish Legion. The 38th was
mostly British Jews, but the Legion grew to include the 39th Battalion
(mostly Americans and Canadians), and the 40th Battalion (Palestinian Jews)

David R. Brill
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA

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