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Posted by: Andrea {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Thursday 7th September 2017 at 10:51 AM
I'm searching for information about soldiers and their wives who went to Secunderabad in India during WW1. I've searched for my grandparents details; why were my grandmother and my father and uncle able to accompany him, their outgoing and returning to the UK, etc. but have found nothing. It isn't crucial that my grandparents information is not available, but any info about this area and why they were there is sadly lacking. I know my grandfather was in the RHA and was a Sergeant-Major, but that is all. If anyone could point me in the direction of reference books or any articles about this time and place, or has any information at all, I would be very grateful.
Posted by: Jill Aitken {Email left}
Location: Milton Keynes
Date: Thursday 31st August 2017 at 8:25 AM
My Dad was in the Reconnaissance Regiment in the second World War, and was injured near Rimini when he was hit by shrapnel. The man next to him had just arrived to be with my Dad to replace someone who was injured. This man was a Captain and was killed instantly. My Dad is now 96 and would love to know the name of the man who effectively saved his life by taking the full force of the blast. They didn't get time to exchange names. Can anyone suggest how I go about this please? I have found some war records but they don't mention this, and have started looking at war graves which I think will take time, but not sure if and where this Captain would have been buried.It is obviously something that has been on my Dad's mind for a long time, so it would be lovely to be able to help. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Sandra {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Monday 28th August 2017 at 4:06 PM
My grandfather Barnett Shadlofsky fought in WW1 and WW2. I am rather confused about which regiment my grandfather had signed up to. On I have found his UK WW1 Service medal and Awards card which states he was in the 39th Royal Fusilers J/3310 Pte. He was awarded the Victory and British Medal. On Findmypast in the British Army Service Records it states that he was in the 26th (Service), 49th Battalion. He joined the army on 18th April 1918 aged 18 and left 1st March 1920. It states in his record he served in England for 4 months, Egypt for one year and Germany for 6 months but no dates are given.
Was it usual to start in one battalion and end up in another?
Posted by: Steven Bray {Email left}
Location: Camberley
Date: Wednesday 9th August 2017 at 12:19 AM
Dear Alan,

Do you have any information about Herbert George Dunstan, who was my great-uncle ? He was born in 1888 in Marylebone, London. He married Bessie Hansford in Combe Raleigh, Honiton, Devon in 1914. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps as a driver (I think) and died in WWI on 2 December 51 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), France. His grave is at Tournai, France.

Thanks very much.
Posted by: Brian Oliver {Email left}
Location: Southminster
Date: Saturday 5th August 2017 at 5:00 PM
I dont know if anyone can help but I am getting a bit confused with the Battle of Havrincourt in Sept 1918. I know the village was retaken by the 3rd Division on 12 Sept 1918 but a relative in the Royal Fusiliers died of his wounds on 27 Sept 1918. Reading about the area it says some soldiers were killed on the 27th when the village was retaken. Was it in German hands again or was it retaken by the germans. We were there last week to visit the grave at Grand Ravine and would like to put together the final moments of his life.
Posted by: Ian Emmott {Email left}
Location: Colne Lancashire
Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 11:07 AM
Help needed.

I am trying to research one of my relatives William Emmott born 1875, he served in the 6th Dragoons (Carabineers) as a Lance Corporal and died at Ypres in November 1914.
From his reg no I believe he must have enlisted between Jan 1902 and Jan 1903 ( reg number 4942). I have his medal card, soldiers effects details, and certificate from the War Graves site.
He is actually refered to by his mothers surname which was Chadwick, not sure why he did this but I believe from his records he was also in the Royal Field Artillery Regiment prior to the Dragoons but left for some reason, his medal card shows his number with them as 3490.

I cant find any details of enlistment with either regiment, any help and advice would be appreciated

Reply from: Ian Emmott
Date: Thursday 27th July 2017 at 10:50 AM

I understand that Allan has now left the forum, can any one point me in the right direction regarding my previous post?
Posted by: Jennifer Conlan {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 4:41 AM
Hello Allan 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
Reply from: Editor
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 11:08 PM

Hi Jennifer,
Alan has retired from the forum to do other things.
He answered questions for over 8 years, but has moved on.
Regards, Bob.
Reply from: Jennifer Conlan
Date: Friday 21st July 2017 at 4:00 AM

Hi Bob,
Just wanted to say what a shame his work was much appreciated over the years as I am sure it was a very satisfying job but with very little rewards as a unpaid job,
So from me I would like to say a big thank you from me and all the other people you have helped during your years of free help,
Hope you have found another rewarding job that you enjoy as much as you have been doing this.
God bless you in your walk of life.
Kind regards from Jennie and all the others you have helped over the years
Posted by: Kez {No contact email}
Location: Australia
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 4:28 AM
Hi Alan, once again I need some advise please. I am researching a Alexander Laommi Lathrope who I believe was in the 1st Btn 24 foot. Admitted 23.12.1862. I think he served in India & received an award? He died in New Zealand in 1894. I was wondering if he had been sent to NZ whilst in the army?
Any direction would be appreciated Alan, thanks for your time.
Cheers Kez
Reply from: Editor
Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 10:59 PM

Hi Kez,
I'm sorry, but Alan has gone on to do other things since the 1st of January..
There is no one now to help now unless someone volunteers to take over.
The position is unpaid, so I'm not expecting a rush of takers.
Regards, Bob.
Reply from: Kez
Date: Monday 24th July 2017 at 12:11 AM

Morning Bob, would you please pass on my best to Alan, he has been fantastic over the years. I wish him all the very best!! Cheers Kez
Posted by: Joan Bourgeois {Email left}
Location: Penetanguishene
Date: Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 10:31 PM
Good Evening,

Who would I contact for information re: Royal Irish Rifles Attestation Form?
My GFather was:
George Smyth
Royal Irish Rifles
Thank you very much for any help, and/or guidance!!

Joan Bourgeois
Posted by: David Fraser {Email left}
Location: Wrexham
Date: Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 10:10 PM
I am trying to trace where my mother was based in the WAAF during the second world war. My brother
seems to think he was based in Oban and was injured by a wire from a seaplane. i have tried to look on varies site but cant find anything. My mothers name was Charlotte Clarke aged 16 when she joined the WAAF between 1939-1945 and was born in Pollokshaws in Glasgow S3.

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