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Posted by: Alan Jones {Email left}
Location: United Kingdom
Date: Monday 30th October 2017 at 12:20 PM
Dear Alan,
A Great War Forum website posting pointed me to your excellent website and I would be grateful if you could add this to your displayed messages.
I am writing the history of 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and have researched all the obvious sources (war diaries etc.) and able to use a number of excellent unpublished first hand journals. I have already received a great deal of help from Forum members and many descendants of members of the Battery, but I remain keen to hear from other descendants (or those with an interest in the 122nd) - so I advertise my interest widely!
I do have a list of some 400 members of the 122nd - half of which I have already added to the Lives of the First World War website under the 122nd Heavy Battery Community.
I have a publisher with next year (2018) as the target for the full history of the Battery to be published. At the heart of this history are the stories of the individuals who served in it.
I have seen your many comments on members of other heavy batteries and it's clear you know your stuff!
best wishes
Reply from: Editor
Date: Sunday 31st December 2017 at 12:49 AM

Hi Alan,
I'm sorry to say that Alan Greveson retired from answering questions on this forum 12 mths ago. He is sadly missed by myself and many others who he helped so much. A very talented researcher, but it was taking too much of his time, and he did it all for free.
Regards, Bob.
Reply from: Alan Jones
Date: Monday 1st January 2018 at 3:21 PM

Thanks for your message Bob - I can see why Alan Greveson's help will be much missed - but I appreciate that there comes a time to retire!
best wishes
Posted by: Jennifer Jewkes {Email left}
Location: Sydney Australia
Date: Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 5:25 AM
John Featherston, S/N 67186 was in 86th Brigade ‘C’ of the Royal Field Artillery during 1914-18. He died on 7/9/17. Apart from his medals and where he is buried at The Huts, Dickesbusch, we have little idea of his wartime experience or how he died and would dearly love to know more. How do I find his service records? Can anyone help with this or point me in the right direction. Thank you
Reply from: Robert
Date: Monday 30th October 2017 at 5:06 AM

Hi Jennifer

Read this site -
it is a good place to start your research. Note not all service records have survived.

Reply from: Jennifer
Date: Monday 30th October 2017 at 5:26 AM

Robert, thanks for your reply. It appears his records did not survive, so then I thought his regiment might have information but I’ve struggled to find much about that or where he was prior to September, 1917. I wondered where he may have enlisted or embarked and from 1914 to 1917 where may he have been. I don’t even know if he was always in the 86th brigade. I’ve looked at the long trail site which is where I got most of my scant information from. Thanks Jennifer
Reply from: Alan Jones
Date: Tuesday 31st October 2017 at 9:37 AM

Jennifer, go to
Where the War Diary for the Brigade for an earlier part of the War might provide more information.
it will cost £3.50 (or equivalent by card payment) and you can then download. It's not possible to say how much info might be relevant to you!
Reply from: Jennifer
Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 9:57 AM

Thank you so much. I managed to get the War Diaries. Appreciate your help.

Posted by: Trevor Purnell {Email left}
Location: West Sussex
Date: Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 12:13 PM
Hello again Alan,

I am searching for information about Frederick James Pope, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Pte 32582. I don't know when he enlisted or his battalion, but he is supposed to have served in Salonica which perhaps would put him in the 14th Battalion because I can't find any other battalion that served in this theatre. Unfortunately I can't find any trace of a war diary to confirm battalion movements. I know he was transferred to the Labour Corps around July-September 1916, with service number 57945 (which helps with the 14th, because 13 14 and 15th transferred to the Corps), but was it only the 14th that went to Salonkia.

I would be most grateful for any information about Frederick and his movements in the army.

Kind regards Trevor
Posted by: Amy {Email left}
Location: Ireland
Date: Sunday 8th October 2017 at 2:59 PM
Hi Alan,
I am looking for information on my grandmother's eldest brother Patrick (Padraig) Masterson. He was born in West Meath in either the late 1890's or early 1900's. My grandma doesn't remember much about him because he was 20 years old than her. All I really know is that he was in Dunkirk and that he was some type of engineer? I am so sorry I don't have a lot of information. If you can't find anything I would love to get some tips on where to start.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Posted by: Louise Brennan {Email left}
Location: England
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 at 7:45 PM
Hi, I'm posting on behalf of a friend
She is interested in his army records & anything regarding his army life
Her late father was AllanThompson born 1931 in Brighton. He joined the army in 1949.
any help would be greatly appreciated
Regards Louise

Posted by: Tony Prosser {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Friday 22nd September 2017 at 9:40 AM
Hi. Has anyone any info or where I can find any on the 5th CCS around the date 26th April 1918. I believe it was stationed around Crouy in the Somme catering for Australians and the Durham Light Infantry from the Battle of Villers Bretonneux. Thanks
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?
Reply from: Dennis Laverick
Date: Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 10:36 AM

Here's the info on Pte Barnett Shadlofsky J/3310 -
The J prefix stand for Jewish, he enlisted on 08 Oct 1917 (age 18) in Royal Fusiliers, not known where he did his training, he was called for service on 18 Apr 1918 into 39th (services) Bn RF. This Bn was formed in Jan 1918 from Jewish volunteers, in Mar 1918 it join the 38th Bn RF. In April 1918, both Battalions, moved to Egypt, they where joined later by the 40th Bn RF and served in the Jordan Valley, they fought the Ottoman forces north of Jerusalem. They were known as The Jewish Legion and came under the command of Major-General Edward Chaytor who commanded the
ANZAC Mounted Division. The legion took part in the Battle of Megiddo in Sep 1918, widely considered to have been one of the final and decisive victories of the Ottoman front. Almost all members of the Jewish Regiment were disbanded after the end of WW1 on 11 Dec 1918, some returned to their respective countries. Three Prime Ministers of Israel served in the Jewish Legion. Not known when he left the army. To see the badge and ribbon go to 'The Jewish Legion' on
On 01 Mar 1920 he was called up for service becoming 'Class Z' Army Reserve -
Class Z Reserve was a reserve contingent of the British Army consisting of previously enlisted soldiers, now discharged. The 1st Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. When expected problems with violations of the Armistice with Germany, which did not happen. The Z reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.
On 13 November 1939 he re- enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers (TA), possibly 13th (Holding) Bn, this was disbanded 1941, he transferred to Pioneer Corps on 01 Dec 1941.
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.

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