Sudan Medal 1899, 94835 Gunner Henry Ducker, Royal Artillery. Also known as Henry Winter, volunteered for WW1 aged 42, and worked on building Airships and Seaplanes, with some time in Egypt with the E.E.F.
Henry Ducker, who legally changed his name to Henry Winter on 6th April 1899 with the Army, was born on 12th April 1872 in St Saviours, Norwich, Norfolk.
He was an 18 Year old Bricklayer serving locally with the Norfolk Artillery E.D.R.A., when he attested for service on 23rd December 1892.
He saw the following service during his time with the Artillery:
Home: 23rd December 1892 – 18th December 1894
Egypt: 19th December 1894 – 27th October 1902
Home 29th October 1902.
When WW1 came around, he was now 42 years old, and he volunteered for service, stating he had 10 years and 3 months service with “74 Battery, R.G.A.” on 10th November 1914.
He was posted for service with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner, before joining the Cheshire Regiment on 9th June 1915, his papers then unusuaully state that on 7th January 1916 he was:
“Released from the service for work on munitions of war, attached for duty with the Glasgow Roofing Co Ltd, Royal Airship Station, Milton, Pembroke, under conditions of War Officer Letters Contracts 1268 of the 22nd May.”
He was then transferred again on 20th April 1916: “Transferred to the Killingholme Seaplane Station on the 20th April 1916.”
Then again he was transferred on 23rd June 1916: “Released from Munitions” and “Transferred to the 6th Garrison Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.” where he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 17th September 1917.”
During this time he was posted to Salonika and the Egypt arriving in Alexandria on 29th April 1917.