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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.
Posted by: Brian Oliver {Email left}
Location: Southminster
Date: Saturday 5th August 2017 at 5:00 PM
I dont know if anyone can help but I am getting a bit confused with the Battle of Havrincourt in Sept 1918. I know the village was retaken by the 3rd Division on 12 Sept 1918 but a relative in the Royal Fusiliers died of his wounds on 27 Sept 1918. Reading about the area it says some soldiers were killed on the 27th when the village was retaken. Was it in German hands again or was it retaken by the germans. We were there last week to visit the grave at Grand Ravine and would like to put together the final moments of his life.
Posted by: Ian Emmott {Email left}
Location: Colne Lancashire
Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 11:07 AM
Help needed.

I am trying to research one of my relatives William Emmott born 1875, he served in the 6th Dragoons (Carabineers) as a Lance Corporal and died at Ypres in November 1914.
From his reg no I believe he must have enlisted between Jan 1902 and Jan 1903 ( reg number 4942). I have his medal card, soldiers effects details, and certificate from the War Graves site.
He is actually refered to by his mothers surname which was Chadwick, not sure why he did this but I believe from his records he was also in the Royal Field Artillery Regiment prior to the Dragoons but left for some reason, his medal card shows his number with them as 3490.

I cant find any details of enlistment with either regiment, any help and advice would be appreciated

Reply from: Ian Emmott
Date: Thursday 27th July 2017 at 10:50 AM

I understand that Allan has now left the forum, can any one point me in the right direction regarding my previous post?
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
Reply from: Philip
Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 2:19 AM

Hallo, Kez have "Historical Records of the 24th Regiment, from Its Formation, in 1689" (published 1892) - it's a pain to read, but on pp185-9 it states the movements of the first battalion as:
1862 Gosport and Portsea
1862-64 Aldershot
1864 Shorncliffe
1865 Dublin and the Curragh
1865 Belfast
1866 Malta
1872 Gibraltar
1874 Cape of Good Hope

around page 196:
1875 Cape Town and various places in Southern Africa.

It seems unlikely that Alexander was in India. He could have been involved in the Zulu War/Kaffir War, and may have been at Isandhlwana or Rorke's Drift.

Hope this helps.
Reply from: Lynette Anderson
Date: Sunday 4th November 2018 at 2:40 AM

HI Kez
Alexander Laommi Lathrope is my ggg grandfather. His daughter Dorothea Lathrope (my gg grandmother) was born in Rawalpindi, India. So he was definitely in India.

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