WORLD WAR 1 MILITARY SERVICE 1877 JOHN LOCKHART At the age of 18 years 6 months on 17 March 1896 John enlisted for short service in the army (expiring in 17 Mar 1903) with a request to serve with the Corps of Dragoons of the Line. His enlistment record states that he lived in Dalkeith and was a blacksmith. His description details John as 5'7" tall, 137lbs chest 37"34” waist 8¾ boots hat size 21½” grey eyes and brown hair. He had a small linear scar over his right eyebrow and a tattoo of crossed flags and dots anchor and indistinct device of figures on a scroll on his right forearm. His left forearm had a tattoo of X flags and indistinct letters JND. Date of Enlistment 17 March 1896 Place of Enlistment Edinburgh Service No R38377 and 4276 Rank Far Sergeant Corps Served Royal Scots Greys Units and divisions 2 nd Dragoons 1 st class army reserves number 4276 Cavalry Theatre of War France and Flanders Service Abroad South Africa and France Medals Queens SA medal clasps transcribed ‘Transvaal Orange Free State Cape Colony’ The British War Medal The Victory Medal Date of discharge 22 October 1918 In August 1896 while at riding school in Hounslow Aldershot 1 st class Army Reserves (4276) he got shifted in his seat while going over jumps and came down on the front of the saddle injuring the testicles. He suffered some pain after this and reported sick on the 6 January 1897 and was admitted to hospital with inflammation of left testicle due to injury. Medical report declared that the disease was not likely to affect his future efficiency as a soldier. On 21 December 1897 John was a Private and extended his service to complete 12 years with a transfer to the Corps of the Line. He served in South Africa from 1901 to 1904. In February 1903 he committed the offence of neglect of duty when in charge of a hut and was confined to barracks for 8 days.
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