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Posted by: Jennifer {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Friday 2nd March 2018 at 5:07 AM
Hello 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

Posted by: Edward K Stephenson {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Sunday 11th February 2018 at 12:57 PM
I intend to be in the vicinity of Bapaume (France) during the period 21 - 24 March 2018, as my grandfather (Sgt E Stephenson, 15996 25th Batt'n MGC) disappeared in this area 100 years ago. Originally in the 195th MG Coy, he moved into 'D' Coy 25th on 1 March 1918. Although an eye witness from 'D' Coy claims he saw Sgt Stephenson 'wounded in the thigh, on the road before St Quentin' just after the main German attack on 21st March, the accuracy of this statement is doubtful, as the War Diary of 25th Batt'n MGC puts 'D' Coy HQ at Fremicourt on the Bapaume-Cambrai road. No 3 Section was deployed close to Beugny also on the Cambrai road, and the War Diary suggests that there were no survivors from this section. So I am guessing he was in No 3 Section. Has anybody else made any further progress with the fate of 25th Batt'n MGC, particularly 'D' Coy, and can shed more light on the actions between 21-25 March 1918? Thanks - Edward K Stephenson

Posted by: Kerrie Smith {Email left}
Location: Australia
Date: Monday 29th January 2018 at 8:51 AM
Hi Alan, I am researching a Ronald Francis Stewart Davidson 1908-1978 Broughty, Ferry, Scotland. I believe he was a seaman in WW11 receiving a medal for bravery. I was told the ship he was on was the 'Ackroyd' but I can't find any info on it. Can you 'point me in the right direction' please?
Cheers kez
Posted by: Jackie {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Thursday 18th January 2018 at 3:30 PM
Hi I’m trying to find out more about my great uncles death. He was supposed to have drowned at the Naval Base at Devonport in April 1928. I found his death which is below.

Friday, 6 April 1928
Adventure, minelayer
 RULE, Samuel J, Leading Stoker, K 24541, drowned

Deaths Jun 1928   
Rule Samuel J 30 Devonport 5b 406  
Reply from: Alan
Date: Sunday 21st January 2018 at 11:48 PM

Have a look at
enter Samuel Rule as a serarch term enclosed in quotation marks. The first three results are free.
Good luck
Posted by: Hilmar Bosch {Email left}
Location: Hilton South Africa
Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 at 10:26 AM
My uncle, Hilmar Christiaan Bosch was a Dutch citizen who enlisted around the age of 17 into the RFA.
His dog-tag reads '646688 Bosch H.C. in the centre of the tag reads C E with R.F.A. under the C E.
I am trying to find out any information on him and where he would have fought. I know he was at Ypres (I have a small badge with Ypres on it). He did survive the war, returned to England but badly gassed.
From there he was going to the Argentine but the family lost all contact with him. My father and his mother moved to South Africa around the same date. The idea was to see which part of the world looked better for them to start a new life.
I have searched for many years but have come up with little info, evidently a lot of information was lost in a fire in the Records Office. I do know he received some medals which he returned in disgust due to the hardships the men encountered in the war. He felt being awarded medals was hypocrisy at the highest level.
Any information, however little, would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Hilmar Bosch (nephew)
Posted by: Tess {Email left}
Location: Newton Abbot Devon
Date: Sunday 7th January 2018 at 11:48 PM
A. M. Cook,
I have a reference letter for A M Cook from the Great Central Railway, District Goods Manager's Office, Marylebone Goods Station to Major W E S Burch, Royal Flying Corps, S. Farnborough dated 13 October 1914.
It would be nice if I could send it to a family member.
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.

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