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Posted by: Joe Martin {Email left}
Location: Collon
Date: Wednesday 25th December 2019 at 8:58 AM
Looking for information on my grandfather act corporal Richard Martin 6th batt RIR no 1746 . He was wounded in action at Guillemont ( I have the citation)
On 3rd September 1916 but I also have a picture of him in Cologne with his pals . I've no knowledge or document of proof that he was there . My questions are 1. Was the RIR in Cologne 2. How do I get information about it . Looking forward to any help as this would give our family more knowledge of what he did during WW1.

Posted by: David English {Email left}
Location: Farnborough Hampshire
Date: Monday 18th November 2019 at 9:50 AM
Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 8:00 AM
Good morning - I am trying to find some information regarding a relative who I believe fought and died in WW1 . The name of my Great , Great Uncle was Stanley Herbert . I believe he may have been born / lived in Reading Berkshire , however could have been in London at the time of enlisting .
Many thanks in advance


Posted by: David English {Email left}
Location: Farnborough Hampshire
Date: Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 8:00 AM
Good morning - I am trying to find some information regarding a relative who I believe fought and died in WW1 . The name of my Great , Great Uncle was Stanley Herbert . I believe he may have been born / lived in Reading Berkshire , however could have been in London at the time of enlisting .
Many thanks in advance

Posted by: Betty {Email left}
Location: Birmingham
Date: Saturday 31st August 2019 at 11:36 AM
Not been on here for sometime ,but hoping more information may have come to light.
I have been trying for 25 years plus to find my Grandfather William C F Lamping born in Bristol in 1875 moved to Birmingham over the years,.Have all census up to 1891.
He joined the 4th Worcester regiment 6/12 /1892 according to his Attestation papers number 3608,
He married in 1896 and my father was born in 1898,
but I have not been able to find anything else. any help would be appreciated .thank you
Posted by: Christina Williams {Email left}
Location: Camborne
Date: Friday 30th August 2019 at 3:39 PM
Hi, I'm wondering if you could help me, I've been trying to find some medals from the first world war belonging to my husbands great grandfather. His name was Frederick Negus and was in the 25th Field Ambulance Corps and was in Regt. Number 1982. I'm also looking for his service number as this could help trying to find the medals. I know that he had a Victory, British war and a Service overseas star medal. Many Thanks
Posted by: Pauline {Email left}
Location: Murphy
Date: Monday 29th July 2019 at 10:43 AM
The George Robinson you are looking for was my grand dad and was married toada and had a daughter ada my mom and agnes my auntie who went to Australia with her family in1992or93 son robert two daughter
Reply from: Ems
Date: Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 9:42 AM

Hi Pauline. Apologies for the extremely slow response to your message and thank you for the information about your grandfather, George. I would love to hear from you if you would like to get in touch. If you use the "Contact Editor" link at the bottom of the page, Bob (the editor) has kindly agreed to pass on my email address to you. Thank you again, Ems
Posted by: Laura Hartley {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Monday 29th April 2019 at 11:29 AM

I have my great-great grandfather's Royal Marines service record and I would really appreciate someone who knows what they're looking at helping me decipher a few things. His service years are 1889 - 1902; 1914 - 1918. I'm particularly interested in the war years. Is there anyone able to help me out?

Reply from: Laura Hartley
Date: Monday 29th April 2019 at 11:36 AM

Forgot to include his details: George Staniforth, b. Sep 1870, Rotherham, Yorkshire. Reg no. 3934 (Royal Marines Artillery division - portsmouth)
Posted by: Lesley Morgan {Email left}
Location: Australia
Date: Friday 26th April 2019 at 5:41 AM
Dear Alan,
It's while since you last helped me, I do hope you are still providing this wonderful service.
I have another soldier in the family,

Alfred Brown, dob:23/5/1892 Forfar, Scotland
He joined the Canadian 3rd overseas Battery, Siege Artillery 27/9/1915 no: 302854
I have his personnel file on my Rawcliffe Family Tree, but I am have some difficulty in interpreting the abbreviations, & in particular I need to know if he was in England in Apr-May 1918. The entry is a bit ambiguous.

QC Unit | Rejoined from leave | Field | 23-10-17

A A G | Absorbed into 1st Brigade CGA(How) on reorgan. | 20-3-18
of Can Sge & Hist? Art. | |
SOS on transfer to England for commission in the R A Force
& posted to Can Art Reg Dep Witley | 23-5-18

The remarks column is very hard to decipher, but I am trying to work out if he was in England, & possibly in Blackpool for training or bet. postings in the period Apr-May 1918.

It would also be great to know where he served in France & for which time periods. The reference to the RAF is intriguing.

Many thanks for any help you may be able to give.

Kind Regards
Reply from: Alan
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 4:37 PM

Dear Lesley,
I have retired from research, but as you are in Australia, I’ll make an exception. First of all, some history of the units in which Alfred Brown served: his unit was organized at Montreal in September 1915 as the 3rd Overseas Battery, Siege Artillery, under the command of Major E. G. M. Cape. The men were recruited and mobilized at Montreal. The unit left Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, on 18th December 1915 aboard SS Missanabie and arrived at Plymouth, England, on 27th December 1915. The unit strength was six officers and 154 other ranks. In England they moved to Dover Garrison at Dover Castle. On 24th February 1916 the 3rd Overseas Battery was re-designated as the 107th (Canadian) Siege Battery whilst training in England. The 107th departed for France on 16th June 1916 and arrived in France on 19th June 1916. They took up billets at a farm called Ind Der Hoop at Vlarmatinge, Belgium.
The Battery took up gun positions at a farm at Dickebusch, Belgium and, went into action for the first time on 28th June 1916 targeting Hollebeke Chateau. Later in the war, in 1918, they served in South West France.
On 29th January 1917, the 107th Battery became the 3rd Canadian Siege Battery within the 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. A year later, on 12th January 1918, it was designated 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery (1 CGA). The 1st CGA was demobilized at Montreal in May 1919 but Alfred Brown had remained in the U.K. in May 1919 for hospital treatment to a recurring illness that first emerged in France in June 1917.
The remarks column on the service record is not significant for our purposes as it records Army forms, references and initials which were the authority for the individual entry. The date in the right-hand column is the date of the event. The date in the left-hand column is the date the record was written. The rank Gnr (Gunner) is sometimes shown in part of the remarks column.
It should be noted that Witney in Surrey was a headquarters of the Canadian Artillery in England during the war and whilst the records of a man were kept there (and his pay and allowances came from there) the man need not physically be there. Being held in reserve or in a composite brigade, or at a reinforcement depot, was like saying he served in the Metropolitan Police without stating in which part of London he was working. In England, he would have been in training, doing camp fatigues, or attending instruction.
It is possible the posting to England in 1918 was recorded after the event, as the record suggests Alfred was Struck off Strength (SOS) of 1st Brigade CGA in France and Belgium on 23rd May 1918 and was Taken on Strength (TOS) of the Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Depot (CARD) at Witley Surrey, England, the same day. The first entry for this move was written by clerk at AAG – the Assistant Adjutant General’s office; while a second entry was written by 1st Brigade CGA on 3rd June in the field (in France and Belgium). To move to England from the field of battle in France or Belgium would require moving back to the French coast, staying in a base depot and waiting for a crossing to England; a move that would take a few days in total.
The entry you have mentioned above reads: [from] O.C. Unit (officer commanding 107th Battery) [gunner Brown] re-joined from leave, in the field, 23.10.17. The remarks column states this was recorded on Army Form B213 (Weekly Field Return of the state of the unit: detailing wounded, transferred, promoted etc.) Part 2 Orders (Pt II O number 64), d (dated) 7.11.17.
The next entry is: from AAG (Assistant Adjutant General’s office) [107th Battery] absorbed into 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery (Howitzer) on reorganisation of Canadian Siege and Heavy Artillery, 20.3.18.
AAG recorded Struck off Strength on transfer to England for commission in the R.A. Force and posted to Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Depot, Witley, 23.5.18. The remarks column shows the B213 was dated 18.5.18., so in theory Alfred could have been Struck off Strength in France in the week preceding the 18th May. The unit’s war diary for May 14th 1918 recorded 12 men to date from the 3rd Siege Battery had gone to England for commissions in the RAF.
Alfred was Taken on Strength of CARD (Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Depot) at Witley, Surrey, from 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery on 23rd May 1918. On the same date he was “On [illegible] to CDD RAF. The illegible looks like “Conc” which could be “concentration”, being a course.
He did not remain with the RAF for more than a month, as he was Struck of Strength [of CDD RAF] to Cmp Bde CRA which was a Composite Brigade Canadian Reserve Artillery at Witley on 18th June 1918. In 1918 it took 11 months to train as an RAF officer and there is no record at the England National Archives of an RAF Officer named Alfred Brown born in 1892. He was probably unsuccessful in his application to the RAF and was returned to his unit. On 18th June 1918, the Composite Brigade recorded Alfred was Taken on Strength, so he returned to, and remained with, the Canadian Artillery.
He returned to France, but his service record gives two dates for this: the first entry stated “proceeded overseas to CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) 29.11.18 (November) from the Composite Brigade of reserves in England. The second entry has the date as Composite Brigade Struck off Strength Overseas Gnr [rank: Gunner] 29.10.18 (October). The authority for this was dated 4th November 1918 “Pool”, so it is probable he arrived back in France in October and went to an Artillery pool of reserves.
The second entry was on a record marked “Copy” and “Temporary replacing original” and had been written-up in the same hand, and not as events occurred. It stated he was Taken on Strength of his unit, 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery, from an Artillery Pool on Christmas Day 1918. At the end of the war the 1st CGA was stationed at Cuesmes, a village next to the Belgian town of Mons where they undertook educational and recreational classes.
On 1st April 1919, Gunner Brown proceeded to England from (or with) 1st Brigade CGA, as the 1st Brigade was on its way home to Montreal. In England Alfred was admitted to the 9th Canadian General Hospital at Kimnel Park, Middlesex (London) on 23rd April 1919 and to the specialist hospital at Etchinghill, Kent, on 3rd May 1919. He was Taken on Strength of the Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Depot at Ripon on 1st May 1919 from 1st CGA. In other words, while he was in hospital the Depot at Ripon, Yorkshire, became responsible for his records and pay. A note stated he was taken on the strength of M Wing at Ripon Depot from 1 CGA on 4th June 1919 and that order No 158 “as far as this man is concerned is cancelled” which might have meant he was not sailing for Montreal with the rest of 1 CGA. He was then on the strength of S Wing at Witley on 15th June 1919 pending return to Canada. On 23rd June 1919 he moved to L Wing at Witley.
He was absent without leave from Witley from 10 a.m. 5 June 1919 to 10 a.m. 11th June 1919 and forfeited six days’ pay. He was Struck off Strength of L Wing, Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Depot, Witney, on 25th July 1919, and travelled to Glasgow.
Gunner Brown sailed for Canada on SS Saturnia from Glasgow on 25th July 1919 arriving 4th August 1919. He was on the strength of District Depot No 4, Dispersal Station F, at Montreal from the day he sailed and was demobilized at Montreal on 7th August 1919.

For instructions to see the War Diaries of 3rd Overseas Battery Siege Artillery and 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery, enter Canadian War Diaires in a search engine.Usually the first result will be the right one.
Follow the instructions and link on that page to go to the search page. Using the drop-down menu to the left of the first search box select Finding Aid Number. Then enter 9-52 in the top box and then the title of the unit (3rd Overseas Battery Siege Artillery or 1st Brigade Canadian Garrison Artillery) in the second box beneath. Submit and then “view all” images. The typed diaries are very academic about target grid references and numbers of rounds fired.

Gunner Alfred Brown trained in Canada from September to December 1915. He trained in England from December 1915 to June 1916. He served in the field in France and Belgium from June 1916 to May 1918 (with leave in October 1917). He was in England between May and October 1918. He was in a reserve pool of Artillery men in France in November 1918 and re-joined 1st CGA in December 1918. He went to England in April 1919 and sailed for Canada in July 1919. He was demobilized on 7th August 1919.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Alan
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 10:46 PM

Notes: Vlarmatinge, Belgium should read Vlamertinge, Belgium.
Could he have been in England and Blackpool in April/May 1918? – possibly, as his record does not state any date for departure to England from Flanders in 1918, which is unusual. He suddenly appears at Witney, Surrey, England, on 23rd May 1918 with no travel dates recorded. His pay and allowances details (those boring looking pages) do appear to show he was once at a base depot somewhere in Flanders (3 CSB) in April 1918, and twice was in Brussels afterwards.
In the penultimate paragraph “Diarires” should read “Diaries”.
Being absent without leave from a base camp in England after the war had ended was not unusual. Men were bored and frustrated since the war had ended. Six days suggests a trip to see his mother in Scotland perhaps? A small price to pay.
Reply from: Alan
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2019 at 11:29 PM

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Reply from: Lesley Morgan
Date: Thursday 2nd May 2019 at 1:50 AM

Dear Alan,
How can I thank you enough for such a comprehensive record of Alfred’s time in the CGA.
So it is possible that he may be the elusive relative I have been searching for, but I am aware that there is no certainty.
I will look at the War Diaries, many thanks for your assistance in navigating the system!

Enjoy your retirement, you will be missed
Kind Regards
Posted by: Gillian Ereira {Email left}
Location: Dagenham
Date: Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 7:35 PM
Hello - I would be very grateful for some help with information about my granddad Robert Ernest Jones - Service No. 22995 WW1 King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 7th Battalion (WIA). I found a medal in a drawer at home and have found out these details because they were inscribed around the edge. I know he was injured during the war and he only had one arm and I have been trying to find out how, when and where this happened. I know he suffered a lot with ill health throughout his life. He was born in Camberwell, London in 1898. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
Posted by: James {Email left}
Location: Portsmouth
Date: Thursday 27th December 2018 at 1:05 PM
I am seeking information regarding James WARD b.1915 in Portsmouth. He served in the Second World War and was attached to the Dorchester Regiment. A photo shows his cap badge and a Sphinx on each side of his jacket neck collars. He was the son of James WARD and Rose nee BAKER. Any information would be most gratefully received. Many thanks.
Reply from: Christine B Moore
Date: Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 1:06 PM

Sorry no information.

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