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Promoted sergeant on 4 December 1905 he transferred to the "D' Company, 2nd Battalion, the West India Regiment at the same time. He was promoted to sergeant master tailor on 13 January 1906. Dodd was granted the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal on 1 July 1911. Dodd remained with the 2/West India Regiment until 21 August 1914 at which time he transferred to the 3rd battalion, the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. Dodd served out the remainder of his 21 years as sergeant master tailor with the Highlanders taking his discharge having reached the prescribed age on 9 November 1916.

Sergeant Master Tailor Cecil Dodd does not appear to have re-enlisted during the remainder of Word War One. I was unable to find a medal index card under his name but did come across a silver War badge card for him on which his is listed as No. 2538 Sergeant Master Tailor Cecil Dodd of the 3/A & S Highlanders. While the War Badge was generally issued to men who had been invalided out of service due to sickness or wounds the badge was apparently also issued to pre-war long service soldiers whose term of engagement ended during the war. Dodd's silver war badge sold at auction in 2017 along with a mixed lot of unrelated Imperial Service Medals. His LS&GC Medal has not been traced.

One interesting fact shown in Dodd's service papers is that during his entire time at home and overseas he was never once admitted to the hospital for any reason. His medial record is simply marked "No Admission" fifteen times.

Dodd's postings at home and abroad were:

Home: 10 November 1894 - 29 December 1905
West Indies: 30 December 1905 - 30 December 1908
"On Voyage": 31 December 1908 - 15 January 1909
West Africa: 16 January 1909 - 24 October 1909
"On Voyage": 25 October 1909 - 3 November 1909
Home: 4 November 1909 - 1 June 1910
"On Voyage" : 2 June 1910 - 12 June 1910
West Africa: 13 June 1910 - 13 June 1911
"One Voyage": 14 June 1911 - 25 June 1911
Home: 25 June 1911 - 24 October 1911
"On Voyage" 25 October 1911 - 5 November 1911
West Africa: 6 November 1911 - 11 December 1911
West Indies: 13 December 1911 - 29 May 1914
"On Voyage": 30 May 1914 - 22 June 1914
Home: 23 June 1914 - 9 November 1916

Dodd served a total of 23 years, 320 days with the colours. It is interesting to speculate as to why Cecil Dodd chose not to remain in the service for the final two years of World War One when so many of the "Old Contemptibles" chose to do so. Perhaps he felt that almost 24 years with the colours under three different sovereigns was simply enough. In hindsight when the horrors of the trenches are taken into consideration I am inclined to think he made the right decision.

Former Sergeant Master Tailor Cecil Dodd married Miss Mary Sanderson Ferguson on 15 February 1917 at Central Hall, Tollcross, Edinburgh, Scotland. It is not known if or how many children they may have had. Cecil Dodd died in December 1967 at Hastings, Sussex, England.


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