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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.
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.

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