Re: 38th Royal Fusiliers Question #general

Moishe Miller

Dear Group,

For those with possible relatives in that battalion, see the ship
manifest of the SS Saturina, sailing >from Glasgow on 11 October 1919.
The ship arrived in Quebec on 20 October 1919. Find an Abraham Keller,
age 22, >from Russia. Interestingly, the entire page of passengers on the
manifest list shows the last place of residence as the Royal British
Army. It lists Abraham as part of the 38th Battalion.

Moishe Miller
Brooklyn, NY

-------- Original Message --------
From: "David R. Brill" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:54:38 -0400

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

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