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Pierce F.

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Pierce F.    716

Dear friends,

I would appreciate if someone could help me work out the remarks I have read on a MIC:

"Cl. Z     16-3-19"  The medal roll itself gives me the full text as Class "Z" 16-3-19.

Does this mean this solider (Private) was classed as "Z" on 16th March 1919? What was Class Z?

Many thanks
Pierce

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Jerry B    952

Class Z was a reserve classification meaning he was demobbed from the army at that date but was liable to be recalled.

From the great war forum;

Class Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. There were fears that Germany would not accept the terms of any peace treaty, and therefore the British Government decided it would be wise to be able to quickly recall trained men in the eventuality of the resumption of hostilities. Soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve "for the duration", were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.

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