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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.
Posted by: Charlotte {Email left}
Location: Uk
Date: Friday 15th June 2018 at 5:13 PM
I am interested to know if any one has any information on soldiers from 6th Batt KSLI who went awol on 20/02/1915 and were discharged on 22/03/1915, all from the area which is now Telford in Shropshire.

Posted by: Hugh {Email left}
Location: South Lanarkshire
Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 at 3:35 PM
I am looking for information on T I A Macdougall who initially served in an artillery regiment during the second world war. He was born on 21 April 1919.
Reply from: Jean
Date: Sunday 27th May 2018 at 2:19 PM

I'm no relation - just like the detective work!

His death:

Trevor Iain A Macdougall
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Trevor Iain A Macdougall
Death Age: 76
Birth Date: 20 Apr 1919
Registration Date: Sep 1995
Registration district: Swansea
Inferred County: West Glamorgan
Register Number: D118
District and Subdistrict: 8971D

T. I. A. Macdougall
in the UK, British Army Lists, 1882-1962
Name: T. I. A. Macdougall
Military Year: 1941
Regiment: Royal Regiment of Artillery
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Same rank and regiment in 1942-45.

More detail from the Army Lists is available to anyone with a subscription to Fold3, via

I believe this is his birth below, because someone's family tree on gives his name as Trevor Iain Glenwyn Archibald Macdougall.

644/18 203

Married twice: first time in London 1943, second time in Edinburgh 1965.
Posted by: Mags {Email left}
Location: South Lanarkshire
Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 at 3:32 PM
Has anyone got any information on George Richard Armstrong who served with the 17/21st Lancers during the second world war. He was born on 27 January 1916.
Reply from: Connie
Date: Sunday 27th May 2018 at 1:54 PM

His birth ?:

Births Mar 1916
Armstrong George R ( mms Webbley ) Wandsworth 1d 1292

His parents' marriage:

Marriages Jun 1915 (>99%)
Armstrong Thomas R Webbley Wandsworth 1d 1822
Webbley Violet Armstrong Wandsworth 1d 1822

His death:

74 (mms WEBLEY) 1990 666/ 109 Kilmarnock
Posted by: Tony Greenwood {Email left}
Location: Bolton Lancs
Date: Wednesday 4th April 2018 at 1:58 PM

I am trying to trace a member of the Northumbrian (North Riding) RGA. His name is Di Davis, although the Di is probably a nickname. He was serving with my Grandfather from joining up in 1914 and served in Flanders 1915 to 1917 at least. He is referred to many times in my Grandfathers diary as they play chess most days. However, I have been through the medal lists and rolls and not found him there. The only reference I can find is the award of a TFE Medal in 1918, to a Cpl J.R. Davis with a regimental number of 311013, which is a N. Riding RGA number. That number is also missed from the Victory Medal Roll.

Other Davis in the North Riding RGA either joined up after 1916 or didnt serve overseas.

My Grandfather Reuben Rose, is listed for the 1914-15 Medal and Victory and British War Medal with a number of 311199.

Any ideas, could he have changed his number and left the RGA?
Reply from: Maggie
Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 5:21 PM

Can't help trace him, I'm afraid.
However the name Dai is a diminutive of the Welsh name Dafydd (David). It is often also used as an afectionate nickname for any Welshman, or maybe even if the surname is Davis / Davies, which is a common Welsh surname. - even if the person isn't Welsh.
Reply from: Tony Greenwood
Date: Monday 4th June 2018 at 11:34 AM

Thanks Maggie, that's a good help.

I have made some progress when I found that the Medal Roll for the North Riding Royal Garrison Artillery is split into 2 separate sections. In that I have found a John Vasey Davis who is possibly the right one. I don't think I will be able to confirm that this is him though.

Time to move on, thanks for your help.
Posted by: Sheena Semple {Email left}
Location: Falkirk
Date: Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 11:26 AM
Hi, I am seaching for details on a Hugh McGuigan who joined the army around 1825 in Formenenrey, Derry, Ireland. He applied for a pension in 1846 as a Chelsea Pensioner. I am particularly interested in his signing up details if anybody knows how I can get them? His next of kin is listed as Agnes Brannan McGuigan and I’d like as much info as possible on both of them. Can somebody point me in the right direction? Any help would be hugely appreciated Thanks, Sheena Semple.
Reply from: Maggie
Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 6:36 PM

According to parish register, he's buried at St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Greenwich. Buried 22 June 1847. Born c 1805. His address was given as Artillery Place.

He was admitted as a Chelsea Pensioner on 13/10/1846.
Royal Hospital Chelsea records say he was discharged in 1844 from the Royal Artillery 1st Battalion. Rank: G&D. Regimental No. 1565.

With a subscription to Fold 3 you can view more details on the Chelsea record.

Another record says he was in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Regimental No. 2263

"Formenenrey" is actually Tormeneeny.

Can't see his birth record anywhere,and can't find anything about Agnes.
Reply from: Sheena Semple
Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 6:53 PM

Thanks Agnes, really helpful!
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

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