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Posted by: Hugh {Email left}
Location: South Lanarkshire
Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 at 3:35 PM
I am looking for information on T I A Macdougall who initially served in an artillery regiment during the second world war. He was born on 21 April 1919.
Posted by: Mags {Email left}
Location: South Lanarkshire
Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 at 3:32 PM
Has anyone got any information on George Richard Armstrong who served with the 17/21st Lancers during the second world war. He was born on 27 January 1916.

Posted by: Tony Greenwood {Email left}
Location: Bolton Lancs
Date: Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 1:58 PM
HI,

I am trying to trace a member of the Northumbrian (North Riding) RGA. His name is Di Davis, although the Di is probably a nickname. He was serving with my Grandfather from joining up in 1914 and served in Flanders 1915 to 1917 at least. He is referred to many times in my Grandfathers diary as they play chess most days. However, I have been through the medal lists and rolls and not found him there. The only reference I can find is the award of a TFE Medal in 1918, to a Cpl J.R. Davis with a regimental number of 311013, which is a N. Riding RGA number. That number is also missed from the Victory Medal Roll.

Other Davis in the North Riding RGA either joined up after 1916 or didnt serve overseas.

My Grandfather Reuben Rose, is listed for the 1914-15 Medal and Victory and British War Medal with a number of 311199.

Any ideas, could he have changed his number and left the RGA?
Posted by: Sheena Semple {Email left}
Location: Falkirk
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 11:26 AM
Hi, I am seaching for details on a Hugh McGuigan who joined the army around 1825 in Formenenrey, Derry, Ireland. He applied for a pension in 1846 as a Chelsea Pensioner. I am particularly interested in his signing up details if anybody knows how I can get them? His next of kin is listed as Agnes Brannan McGuigan and I’d like as much info as possible on both of them. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Any help would be hugely appreciated Thanks, Sheena Semple.
Posted by: Jennifer {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Friday 2nd March 2018 at 5:07 AM
Hello I was wondering if you can help me trace my grandfather who was in the WWW1 army he was a Royal engineer ,he was born in Chatham Kent,
His name was Frank Bernard Abbey 15 .8.1998,Married to Hilda he had to leave the army due to a collapsed Lung I am sorry this is all I know about him,
Hope you can find something about him as my mum lost her parents 6 months in between them he died 1953 when she was only 10 years old so would be nice to tell her more about him

Posted by: Edward K Stephenson {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Sunday 11th February 2018 at 12:57 PM
I intend to be in the vicinity of Bapaume (France) during the period 21 - 24 March 2018, as my grandfather (Sgt E Stephenson, 15996 25th Batt'n MGC) disappeared in this area 100 years ago. Originally in the 195th MG Coy, he moved into 'D' Coy 25th on 1 March 1918. Although an eye witness from 'D' Coy claims he saw Sgt Stephenson 'wounded in the thigh, on the road before St Quentin' just after the main German attack on 21st March, the accuracy of this statement is doubtful, as the War Diary of 25th Batt'n MGC puts 'D' Coy HQ at Fremicourt on the Bapaume-Cambrai road. No 3 Section was deployed close to Beugny also on the Cambrai road, and the War Diary suggests that there were no survivors from this section. So I am guessing he was in No 3 Section. Has anybody else made any further progress with the fate of 25th Batt'n MGC, particularly 'D' Coy, and can shed more light on the actions between 21-25 March 1918? Thanks - Edward K Stephenson
Posted by: Kerrie Smith {Email left}
Location: Australia
Date: Monday 29th January 2018 at 8:51 AM
Hi Alan, I am researching a Ronald Francis Stewart Davidson 1908-1978 Broughty, Ferry, Scotland. I believe he was a seaman in WW11 receiving a medal for bravery. I was told the ship he was on was the 'Ackroyd' but I can't find any info on it. Can you 'point me in the right direction' please?
Cheers kez
Posted by: Jackie {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Thursday 18th January 2018 at 3:30 PM
Hi I’m trying to find out more about my great uncles death. He was supposed to have drowned at the Naval Base at Devonport in April 1928. I found his death which is below.

Friday, 6 April 1928
Adventure, minelayer
 RULE, Samuel J, Leading Stoker, K 24541, drowned

Deaths Jun 1928   
Rule Samuel J 30 Devonport 5b 406  
Reply from: Alan
Date: Sunday 21st January 2018 at 11:48 PM

Have a look at
https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
enter Samuel Rule as a serarch term enclosed in quotation marks. The first three results are free.
Good luck
Alan
Posted by: Hilmar Bosch {Email left}
Location: Hilton South Africa
Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 at 10:26 AM
Hello,
My uncle, Hilmar Christiaan Bosch was a Dutch citizen who enlisted around the age of 17 into the RFA.
His dog-tag reads '646688 Bosch H.C. in the centre of the tag reads C E with R.F.A. under the C E.
I am trying to find out any information on him and where he would have fought. I know he was at Ypres (I have a small badge with Ypres on it). He did survive the war, returned to England but badly gassed.
From there he was going to the Argentine but the family lost all contact with him. My father and his mother moved to South Africa around the same date. The idea was to see which part of the world looked better for them to start a new life.
I have searched for many years but have come up with little info, evidently a lot of information was lost in a fire in the Records Office. I do know he received some medals which he returned in disgust due to the hardships the men encountered in the war. He felt being awarded medals was hypocrisy at the highest level.
Any information, however little, would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Hilmar Bosch (nephew)
Posted by: Tess {Email left}
Location: Newton Abbot Devon
Date: Sunday 7th January 2018 at 11:48 PM
A. M. Cook,
I have a reference letter for A M Cook from the Great Central Railway, District Goods Manager's Office, Marylebone Goods Station to Major W E S Burch, Royal Flying Corps, S. Farnborough dated 13 October 1914.
It would be nice if I could send it to a family member.

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