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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.

Posted by: Brenda {No contact email}
Location: Newark
Date: Thursday 13th December 2018 at 9:56 AM
Does anyone have info about L/24569 Sgt Thomas Dickman who served in WW1 in D Battery 170 Brigade RFA and was wounded in May 1917 in the Third Battle of the Scarpe ? My father was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing his sergeant in this battle and I would be grateful if anyone knows if this was the man he rescued. Thomas lived in Barrrow in Furness,and I believe that he died in 1922.
Posted by: Molly Meehan {No contact email}
Location: Cardiff
Date: Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 8:22 PM
Dear All

I'm trying to find any information relating to my father, John Henry Desmond, who was in the royal artillery in WW1 - all I know is that he served 3 yrs (1915-1919) in the 254 Battalion. I'm the only remaining family member and would really like to know more about him of anyone can help or direct me to where I can get any information?

Many thanks

Reply from: James
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7:38 PM

Hello Molly,

It appears the 254th Battalion that you refer to regarding John, will probably be the (City of London) Regiment.
254th (City of London) Regiment, Royal Artillery, volunteer field artillery unit of the British Army between 1863 and 1971.
The 1st London Artillery Brigade or City of London Artillery was a volunteer field artillery unit of the British Army, part of the Territorial Force and later the Territorial Army, that existed under various titles from 1863 to 1971 and fought in World War I and World War II.

As you are his next of kin you could apply for a war record which will probably cost you £30 through KEW WAR RECORDS. You have to fill in an ONLINE FORM with his details and you should get a response. Good Luck. James.
Posted by: Martin Waite {Email left}
Location: Stroud
Date: Sunday 4th November 2018 at 7:54 PM
Hi Alan, I am trying to find out a little more about Lt - Col Charles Carter Moxon mentioned below. Any information that you have would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

Reply from: James
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 8:22 PM

Lt. Col. Carter Moxon was attached to the KINGS OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY:
1/5th (into 5th) Battalion.
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Carter Moxon 04/08/1914 to 01/11/1917 Transferred to another active battalion.

There is further information with the following; but there may be a fee.
Record Details for Charles Carter Moxon - Forces War Records
First Name: Charles Carter. Surname: Moxon. Rank: Lieutenant Colonel ... To view the record for Charles Carter Moxon you must be a Full Access Member.

He was in the New Years Honours in 1.January 1918 op.cit 24 Supplement to the London Gazette.

He was also Commanding Officer of the Wiltshire Regiment:
3/4th (into 4th Reserve) Battalion
Captain Francis Ludlow Wood 15/03/1915 to 31/12/1915 Replaced
Captain Albert Joseph Randell 01/01/1916 to 31/08/1916 Replaced
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Carter Moxon 07/11/1917 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO.

Further Info:
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Carter Moxon DSO CMG. 5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attached to 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.

There is a photo of him as well. If you want this you will need to get in touch with me. OR you
could try the following site yourself: (this is the War Museum).
It is likely he was a boxer and or a rugger player as his left ear is 'cauliflowered'.

Posted by: Christine Barbour Moore {No contact email}
Location: Uk
Date: Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3:09 PM
Want to ID insignia for WO Class 1 Royal Engineers WW1.
My Grandfather Stanley Corsellis Randall MM.

Have his cap badge and another insignia. Think it went on the sleeve not sure though. Has Lion on the right and Unicorn on left. Crown top centre. Different to the cap badge.

How do I send picture please?

Grandpa’s picture is on your photos forum.

Kind Regards

Reply from: James
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 8:39 PM


Distinguished personnel, your grandfather.

What you describe is his 'badge of office' it is worn on his right sleeve of his uniform. Please read this for further information:In the British Army, there are two warrant ranks, warrant officer class two (WO2) and warrant officer class one (WO1), the latter being the senior of the two. These ranks were previously abbreviated as WOII and WOI (using Roman instead of Arabic numerals). "Warrant officer first class" or "second class" is incorrect. The rank immediately below WO2 is staff sergeant (or colour sergeant).[2] From 1938 to 1940 there was a WOIII platoon sergeant major rank.[20]

In March 2015, the new appointment of Army Sergeant Major was created as the most senior warrant officer in the Army. The creation of the appointment of command sergeant major was announced in 2009.

A warrant officer (WO) is an officer in a military organisation who is designated an officer by a warrant, as distinguished from a commissioned officer who is designated an officer by a commission, and a non-commissioned officer who is designated an officer, often by virtue of seniority.

Stanley was also awarded a M.M. Very distinguished gentleman, you must be a proud granddaughter.

Hope this has been a help Christine.

Posted by: Robert Stapleton {No contact email}
Location: Brighton
Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 2:46 PM
Hi Alan. I am trying to establish details of my great uncles death in WW1. His details that I know are
Richard Thomas Luck b.1895 in Brighton died 18th Feb 1918 in France. We think he was in 19th siege battery RGA
Reply from: Jacky
Date: Sunday 14th October 2018 at 9:00 PM

Gunner LUCK, R T
Service Number 54835
Died 18/02/1918
19th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery
Disembarked in France 25 May 1915
Earned the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His War Gratuity payment was made to his father, Richard. This amounted to £14/10, indicating that he had about two and a half years service.
Have saved my links to the information if you can't access it. Happy to reply by email if that would help
Posted by: Martin Burgess {Email left}
Location: Chalgrove
Date: Monday 25th June 2018 at 7:14 AM
I'm trying to find out if my grandfather and my great uncle ever actually served together as they were in the same regiment, namely the East Lancashire Regiment at the same time although joining up at different times and being discharged at different times.
My grandfather was Joseph Burgess born 27/1/1879 in Stockport. He joined up around 1898 and was demobbed around 1923. His regimental number was 5656, and he had attained the rank of honorary Lieutenant and Quartermaster by the time he was discharged.
My great uncle was John Burgess born during 1873 in Stockport. He joined up in 1891 and was discharged in 1911 having attained the rank of Sergeant Major. His regimental number was 3218.
I have quite a bit of detail from Alan about my grandfather's service, so if anyone has further detail on John Burgess service, I would love to know more as well as if the two of them ever actually served together.
Posted by: Ann Bedwell {Email left}
Location: Felixstowe Suffolk
Date: Friday 22nd June 2018 at 12:26 PM
I would appreciate it if someone could explain the following.
William Bradburn b 1900 in Liverpool shows a record on ancestry in RAF Airmen records AIR79. He is age 17 service no 161096. You do not get any details.
However I have also found him as a deck boy ID 370145 also no details.
Was he air force or merchant navy.?
Any help is appreciated
regards Ann
Posted by: Ron Clews {Email left}
Location: Worcester
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 at 6:37 PM
I have my G.Grandfathers WW1 War Gratuity record. Under date and place of death it states No.63 F.R. Belgium. Does anyone know what the refers to?
Reply from: James
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 8:27 PM


War Gratuity Act 1920 - Federal Register of Legislation. No.63.

It refers to the register; in this case Belgium. Number 63. This is where further information can be found.

Reply from: Ron
Date: Monday 11th March 2019 at 2:45 PM

Thank you very much James.
Reply from: Ron
Date: Thursday 14th March 2019 at 11:39 AM

Hi James, do you know if it is possible to get a copy of the above and where from. I have searched the net with no success.

Many thanks.

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