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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.
Posted by: Charlie Cockerline {Email left}
Location: Canada
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017 at 5:22 PM
Hi Alan:
Just when I thought my research into Cockerline soldiers was complete LDS Military Records have produced 6 new ones! Perhaps I can send you one at a time to investigate for me. Mind you, there don't appear to be any Registration cards signed by these individuals. Would that mean they are non-combatants?

#1 John William Cockerline, b. abt. 1885; 1916, North Staffordshire Regt. (Prince of Wales); Regt. # 32347; 3rd Battalion.
I hope you can find something; I couldn't.
Many thanks,
Reply from: Site Editor
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017 at 7:23 PM

Hi Charlie,
I'm sorry to say that Alan retired from the forum on the 1st of January, to do other things.
No volunteers as yet to take over.
Regards, Bob.
Reply from: Charliegw
Date: Sunday 25th June 2017 at 8:16 PM

Hi there, Bob:
Didn't know and am sorry Alan no longer available. But wish him well!

If anyone else can address my query, I would much appreciate it.
Posted by: Kevin Macdermot {Email left}
Location: Dubai
Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 12:49 PM
So, I noticed after posting my last mail that many emails had gone unanswered and checked back to see if I'd missed something since I was last on.
I note that Allan has now retired from this forum to go on to do something else. If anybody can help on the below message (relating to Patrick Donaghy of the Munster Fusiliers) that would be great.
In the meantime, best of luck to everyone researching their family / community histories and to Allan, whatever he's up to.
Posted by: Kevin {Email left}
Location: Dubai
Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 12:42 PM
Allan, you have previously been of great help to me and I'm wondering if you can help me again. I'm trying to find the history of an Irish soldier who died of his wounds at the Military Hospital, Oswestry in 1919. No actual cause of death seems to be recorded and I'm having trouble finding much information on him. The details I have are:
Patrick Donaghy; Private ('4289'), 8th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers
Died on 7th March 1919, aged 22
Location/Cause of Death: Died at Military Hospital, Oswestry (Cause not recorded)
Memorial Type: CWGC
Family & Address Details: Son of Owen and Mary Donaghy of Lettermuck, Ballyarton, Cumber-Claudy, County Derry.
As ever, thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this.
Posted by: James Shiner {Email left}
Location: St Neots
Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 9:14 PM
Hi guys.

My grandmother passed away recently and we found her father's war medals in her house. I wondered if anyone could help me find some more information about him?

The information on his 1914-1915 Medal Roll is as follows:

GNR. J.E. Jordan (Joseph Jordan I believe)
R.F.A (Royal Field Artillery?)

I know he received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, but beyond that I know nothing about him, which is a big shame.

Any advice on finding further information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Colin Edis {Email left}
Location: Nottingham
Date: Saturday 10th June 2017 at 5:49 AM
My grandfather , Private Arthur Edis 42145 served in the Sherwood Foresters during part of the Somme offensive in 1916.
He was eventually invalided out for "ceasing to reach army medical requirements" and I have a picture of him at Rainhill hospital.
I cant find out the nature of his wounds/ailments...any ideas how I could find out?
Posted by: Noor {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 4:47 AM
Hi Alan
was hoping you can help me also with my great grand father also here's what I know about him would really like it if you had any pictures of him his Regimental numbers where
14111 r.s.f.Ayrshire
3039 r.s.f.Ayrshire
For Thomas Conlan
1882/3-17/9/1917 he was born in Salford ,Lancashire , but also he moved to Scotland about 1910 about as this was where my grandfather was born.
please anything would be great
thank you for taking time to help
thank you Noor
Reply from: Jacky
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 10:40 AM

According to Soldiers died, he was born in Burnley and enlisted in Glasgow. When he died, he was a Lance Corporal with 11th Bn Royal Scots. He earned the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Soldiers died says he died of wounds, but Soldiers' Effects says he died in action in Belgium. His war gratuity payment of £13/10 was paid to his widow, Hannah. This amount would suggest he had probably served for about 2 years and three months. If you have access to, you will be able to read the relevant war diary there:

I'm sure you get a more complete reply from someone with more knowledge ;)
Reply from: Noor
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 12:29 PM

Thank you so much Jacky Iam with Ancestry so yes I will check it out thanks again

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