My grandfather's (RHA) Military History sheet shows that he:
"arrived home on furlough 11th March 1908 ex-Dongola" and he
"Re-embkt for India on exp of furlo per Rewa 16th October 1908"
He had enlisted in February 1900 and had been in India since January 1902.
He was promoted to Sergeant on 27th March 1908 (while on leave?)
This furlough seems to be very long - I had no idea that the Army could be so generous!
Was this in any way to do with the fact that he had been in India for 6 years and the Cardwell 1870 reforms stipulated that:
[i] " the length of service overseas was limited to six years followed by six years in the reserve".
Could he have perhaps done some courses while on furlough (cf the promotion) which would have extended his time in GB?
I'm rather puzzled - could the experts throw some light on this mystery?