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Posted by: Harry Christopher S {Email left}
Location: Alan Jermyn
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 2:53 PM
Dear Alan ,

Thank you for your help with previous WW 1 relatives , if possible could find which regiment Harry Christopher's ( my wife's Uncle) who joined up at the age of 14 or 16 and came from Falmouth his name was Harry Basset Christopher's he was working for Great western railway in Truro before he went to war , he survived the war and went to Singapore just after .

Best regards

Alan
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 7:12 PM

Dear Alan,
Unfortunately there is no surviving service record for Harry Christophers so it is not possible to state his wartime service. An Army medal roll indicated he qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star, he did not serve overseas until some date after January 1st 1916. The medal roll showed he had served in the 5th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment; the 5th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry and the 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. However, it is not possible to say where or when he served. The 5th Durham Light Infantry was reduced to a training cadre in France on 15th July 1918, so that might have been an occasion when he moved to the 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in France.
With kind regards,
Alan

Posted by: Michael Lindsey {Email left}
Location: Canada
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 2:43 AM
Trying to find information about where my grandfather served during WW1.
His name is Francis Herbert Lindsey ( his war medals spelt the surname as Lindsay) and he served with the South Lancashire Regiment. The medals are inscribed with 37596 or 57596 (stamping not too clear) PTE. F.H.LINDSAY. He was born 8th September 1888 in Ickleford, Hertfordshire and discharged in 1920.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 5:05 PM

Dear Michael,
Francis Herbert Lindsey was a farm worker (hay binder) who was called up for compulsory conscription in the Army on 2nd September 1916. He underwent basic training with the 49th Training Reserve and was posted to the 9th Battalion The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) which was serving in Macedonia. He was allotted the regimental number 37956 and was a private soldier. He sailed to Salonika, Greece, as part of a draft of reinforcements and arrived at the 9th Battalion on 25th April 1917 – just as the Battles of Doiran were being fought (24th & 25th April and 8th & 9thn May 1917). He was in hospital between July and September 1917 and again in the early winter of 1918 when he was treated for Malaria. He was repatriated to England on December 18th 1918 and was treated at the Malaria ‘concentration centre’ at Warrington on Merseyside from 17th February 1919. (The War Office approved a system whereby all cases of malaria in the United Kingdom were concentrated in special malaria wards under specially qualified medical officers, advised by special consultants in malaria, all of whom were charged with the duty, not only giving the patients the best treatment already known, but also of endeavouring to obtain by their experience, reliable scientific results as to the best form of treatment for future use.)
On 21st March 1919, Francis was returned to peace-time duty with the 3rd Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment which at that time was stationed at Wellington Barracks, Dublin. He was discharged from the Army on 16th September 1919.
He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
The 9th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment was with 22nd Division. For their engagements see Chris Baker’s website, The Long, Long Trail:
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/22nd-division/
and
http://www.1914-1918.net/salonika.htm
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Michael Lindsey
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 10:07 PM

Alan, I gratefully appreciate your reply and information; I had literally spent hours trying to find information with very little success. Again thank you for the service that you provided. I also will try and get more information about an uncle Gunner James David Ward nd forward to you.
Regards and Thanks.
Reply from: Michael Lindsey
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 4:01 AM

James David Ward, Regimental Number 73922, Royal Garrison Artillery Born about 1891.

Would appreciate any additional information as to his service record during World War 1

Thanking you again
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 6:33 PM

Dear Michael,
James David Ward was born on 6th September 1890. In 1916 he was living with his father at 9, Southsea Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. He was an agricultural worker. James was called-up for military service on 4th April 1916. He was 6 feet tall; aged 25, single.
James was posted to 40 Company Royal Garrison Artillery at Port Burgoyne, Dover, Kent, where he underwent basic training. He was then posted to 134 Siege Battery R.G.A. on 12th May 1915. He would remain with this Battery until the end of the war. The Battery sailed from Avonmouth for Salonika, Greece, on 9th August 1916 and remained in Macedonia until 29th August 1917 when it was moved to Alexandria, Egypt, arriving on 5th September 1917 for service in Palestine.
On 1st July 1918 in Palestine, James qualified as a gun layer.
After the Armistice with the Ottoman forces on 30th October 1918, James was retained in Egypt and on 24th April 1919 he was posted to 21st Corps Provisional Composite Battery. He was attached to a transit camp at Port Said, Egypt.
On 15th September 1919 James had arrived at No. 1 Rest Camp at Canterbury, Kent, England.
He was discharged from the Army at No. 3 Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade, at Prees Heath Camp, Shropshire, on 15th August 1919. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
After the war, his address was Fisher Green Road, Newtown, Stevenage. James died in 1974, aged 83.
The war diary of 134 Siege Battery has not been digitised yet. There is an interesting sketch view as seen by James from the gunner’s observation post in 1918, at:
http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-234267141/view
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Judith Lowe {Email left}
Location: Prescot
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 9:46 PM
Dear Alan
The next two soldiers were discussed at our meeting last week and the first is:
1. Private C Russell. R.D.F. Wounded at Ypres 22nd May 1914. We feel certain that the initial is C
2. Alex Douahoe. 87th Canadians
Any help again will be much appreciated

Regards
Judith Lowe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 8:56 PM

Dear Judith,
The Canadian was Alex Donahoe (also Donahue) who spent more time absent without leave than the 16 days he spent at the Front.
He enlisted voluntarily in the 8th (not 87th) Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier on September 8th 1914; regimental number 1099. He was a thirty-year-old widower with a son, Calvin, aged seven, and a daughter Aged 8. They lived at Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, in central Canada. Alex was a horse groom and had been born at Teeswater, Bruce County, Ontario on December 2nd 1883. He was 6ft tall; brown eyes; black hair.
He sailed for England just a month after enlisting on 3rd October 1914 on board the Royal Mail Steamer “Franconia” of the Cunard Line. As soon as he arrived in England at Larkhill Camp, Salisbury Plain, he went absent without leave on two occasions forfeiting 28 days’ pay. In May 1915 he sailed to France where on 13th May 1915 he was posted as a reinforcement draft to the 58th Infantry Battalion. On May 29th, just 16 days later, he was wounded in both legs by shrapnel. The wounds were not severe but he was transferred to England from No. 9 General Hospital, Rouen, France.
In England he was taken to Liverpool and the Fazakerley No. 1 General Hospital where he was admitted on May 31st 1915. He was transferred to “The Towers”, Rainhill, on June 8th 1915. From there he went to Woolton convalescent depot. On 7th July 1915 he was posted to 32nd Battalion C.E.F. at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent. He immediately got drunk and used inappropriate language to an NCO and was put in detention for four days. On his release he went absent without leave and received a further seven days’ detention.
On 4th September 1915 he was posted to the 11th Reserve Battalion at Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, where he worked on base duties – when he wasn’t absent without leave, or missing from “sanitary fatigue”, for which he received seven days’ confinement to barracks.
In May 1916, he was moved to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Folkestone. On June 3rd 1916 Alex was returned to Canada on board the newly built SS “Missanabie” of the Canadian Pacific Line.
He was discharged from the Canadian Army on 7th October 1916. His military character was “indifferent” (Library and Archives Canada, B2578-S003).
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C. Russell is problematical. The date is unhelpful as 22nd May 1914 was before war had been declared. There were three men named C Russell in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers (R.D.F.). Charles Benjamin Russell, 14086, 8th Battalion, would have been C.B. Russell. He served at Gallipoli and was admitted to hospital on 2nd October 1915 at Cheltenham. He seems less likely to have gone to Oakdene and was finally discharged at Eastleigh on 14th October 1916.
Christopher Russell, 26507, 8th Battalion, was killed in action on 9th September 1916 on the Somme.
That leaves Christopher Russell, private, 5644, 8th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was gassed on or about 27th April 1916, perhaps at Posen section, Loos. He had gone to France with the 1st Battalion on 15th August 1915 and later moved to the 8th Battalion. He was afterwards transferred to the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (10348) and was eventually killed in action on the Somme on 4th July 1916.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Pete Thorne {Email left}
Location: Beverly
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 9:11 PM
Hi Alan, I am trying to find out about my Grandfather - James Davidson, bn.26/11/1889 at Nenthorne, Scotland, who served in the Scots Greys throughout WW1. He told me that in 1917 he had volunteered to go over to Russia where he had been taken prisoner. Regards, Pete.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 4:39 PM

Dear Pete,
There is no surviving service record for James Davidson in the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) so it is not possible to state his service or positively identify him. There were two men of named James Davidson listed in the 2nd Dragoons medal rolls who both went to France with the regiment on 16th/17th August 1914, so they were probably regular army soldiers before the war. The medal index-card of one of them, regimental number 2DN/6449, was marked “unofficially reported as a P.O.W. on 2nd June 1915” but there is no record of him in the International Red Cross prisoner records. Both men named James Davidson qualified for the 1914 Star with “Mons” dated clasp, the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Unfortunately, there is no other record for either man.
The 2nd Dragoons fought in 5th Cavalry Brigade which became part of 2nd Cavalry Division. The war diary for the 2nd Dragoons can be downloaded for a fee of £3.45 from:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7351494
The Allies sent an intervention force to Russia in March 1918 but it had to be rescued by men of the North Russia Relief Force who volunteered for the task in 1919 by responding to newspaper appeals.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Pete Thorne
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 8:52 PM

Hi Alan, reference my enquiry about James Davidson (13/11/2016. Thank you for the information provided, much appreciated. We're there any records of men from the intervention force who were taken prisoner by the Russians before the North Russia Relief Force rescued them? Regards, Pete.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 4:34 PM

Dear Pete,
I am not aware of any official records of Prisoners of War from the Allied Intervention in North Russia that would be readily accessible. The newspapers at home reported casualties from War Office lists that were published at the time as late as September 1919 and included details of casualties and soldiers who had died while “Prisoner of War in Russia”. The American Red Cross had a delegation there, although it is said many of them were Wall Street bankers and politicians masquerading as Red Cross.
Total British losses in North Russia were 983. Of those 327 were killed in action and 656 men were wounded, died from sickness or freezing, or were missing. Only a handful were Prisoners of War (The Campaign in North Russia, “Twenty Years After”; ed: Ernest Swinton; supplementary volume, p 418). However, "Churchill's Crusade: The British Invasion of Russia" by Clifford Kinvig, states 526 British were killed, which probably includes deaths from illness and wounds.
Red Cross records from Russian Front itself during the First World War are kept in the archives of the Danish Red Cross in Copenhagen as Denmark was a neutral State during the First World War.
The survival rate of Russian documents is very low as a consequence of Revolution and the bombing of Russia during the Second World War.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Steve Warburton {Email left}
Location: Wrexham
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 8:40 PM
HI Alan we are trying to trace my wife's great grandfathers military history as we only had an old photo in uniform.his name was John Thomas Jarvis born 1887 died 1966 from Walsall his profession was a railway stoker and the photo cap badge looked like Royal engineers and we assume staffs division.any help would be greatly received.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 4:39 PM

Dear Steve,
There is no military record that identifies John Thomas Jarvis in the Royal Engineers so it is not possible to state his wartime service. There were medal rolls entries for two men named John T. Jarvis who served in the Royal Engineers from 1916 onwards. One of them was WR/259300 who served with the Railway division of the Royal Engineers. There is no further record of either man.
With kind regards,
Alan

Posted by: Alexander {Email left}
Location: Retford
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 2:59 PM
Hello Alan

Can I please ask you for some assistance, I have been asked by an old Forces friend to find some more about his Grandfathers war effort. I have been plagued by "page cannot be found" and have come to a dead end. I can only find his medal record for 1915 star, war and victory medal. The family seem to think he was also awarded a gallantry medal but again I can't see it on the Gazette? have I missed it or was it a myth!
Mr William Walter James Adams was born in London in 1888, his parents were Walter and Elizabeth. He was a Cpl in the Royal Engineers service No. 44185. He married Edith in Marylebone in 1915.
Apparently he suffered from what we now known as PTSD for many years but never spoke of his time during the war. Are you able to fill in any of the gaps please.

Many thanks
Regards

Alexander
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 9:11 PM

Dear Alexander,
No individual service record has survived for William W. J. Adams so it is not possible to state his service. He was a corporal in the Royal Engineers and he first went to France on 10th July 1915. He survived the war and was discharged on 26th March 1919. He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
William Adams was awarded the Military Medal according to a Supplement to The London Gazette published 2nd November 1917, page 11327: “His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned non-commissioned officers and men:-”
The list included: “44185 Cpl.W. W. J. Adams, R.E. (Marylebone)”.
Citations for the Military Medal were not published nationally, so it is not possible to say how the award was earned.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Alexander
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:57 PM

Hello Alan,

Thank you so much for your very prompt reply.
I shall pass on the medal information and especially the Military medal, which he will be delighted to see.
Thank you again and a donation will be made to the RBL as requested.

Regards

Alexander
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:59 PM

Dear Alexander,
Thank you for making a donation to the Royal British Legion.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Anne Oakford {Email left}
Location: Perth Western Australia
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 6:15 AM
Hello Alan, I hope that you can help me. My maternal Uncle, Private Alfred Burns, 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, service no. 10795, was killed on the Somme in 1916 and has no known grave. His name appears on the memorial at Thiepval. I am trying to identify when he would have enlisted. At the time of his enlistment, he appears to have been resident in Scotland, but enlisted in Berwick.

Thanking you in hopes

Regards

Anne Oakford
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 4:14 PM

Dear Anne,
No individual service record has survived for Alfred Burns so it is not possible to state when he enlisted. An Army medal-rolls index card recorded he entered Egypt on 16th November 1914 which indicates he was a Regular Army soldier, as the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers travelled from India to Egypt leaving Bombay on 2nd November 1914. They remained in Egypt until December 14th and then sailed for Plymouth, arriving 28th December 1914. The Battalion then sailed from Avonmouth for Egypt on March 18th 1915 arriving March 30th. They then sailed via Mudros and landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. On 8th January 1916 they left Gallipoli for Alexandria and on 18th March 1916 they arrived at Marseilles in France.
As Alfred Burns entered Egypt on the voyage from Lucknow he must have been with the Battalion in India in 1914. If you know he was recorded at home in the 1911 census it can be estimated he enlisted between 1911 and 1914.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Judith Lowe {Email left}
Location: Merseyside
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 5:19 PM
Good Evening Alan
The next two soldiers that we have looked at again in the Autograph Book are :
1. Private (F, J ,I or T), E Crowther of the 1st KOYLI
The previous information I sent you was J or F Crowther of KOYLI

2. Private I or J . E. Ingham of 1/4 East Lancashire Regiment, 42nd Division. M.E.F. September 23rd 1915.
The E is definitely correct, the I or J is not so certain.
Good luck with finding anything out about these two soldiers.
Judith
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 7:52 PM

Dear Judith,
F.E. Crowther, 20835, was Frederick Ernest Crowther, the son of a colliery owner, Thomas Crowther and his wife Sarah, of Woodbine Cottage, Barnsley Road, Dodsworth, Yorkshire. Frederick was born in 1881. He was the second son and eighth child of Thomas and Sarah. At the age of 20, Frederick was a steelworker. He married Mary Ethel Vaughan on November 27th 1901 at the Parish Church of Penistone, Yorkshire. He and his family lived at 29 Church Hill, Penistone. They had three children by 1911.
Frederick enlisted in the Army on 2nd January 1915, aged 33, and was sent to France to serve with the 1st Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on 21st April 1915. He would have fought at The Second Battle of Ypres (22 April – 25 May 1915) and The Battle of Loos (25 September – 15 October 1915).
Frederick was discharged from the Army through sickness on 30th June 1916. He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He remained at Penistone where he died at the age of 68 on 3rd December 1949.
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Ingham was Joseph Edward Ingham, born at Southport on 19th September 1883, the son of John and Lilly Ingham who lived at Marble Place, North Meols. Joseph became a clockmaker and on 24th October 1907 he married Jane (Jennie) Wilson. Their daughter Edna May was born at Hope Street, Southport, on 6th December 1910.
Joseph enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment (Territorial Force) on 5th October 1914 at the age of 31. He was allotted the regimental number 2469 and would have trained with the 2nd/4th Battalion at Southport and then Burgess Hill in Sussex before he was posted in 1st July 1915 to the 1st/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment which was serving at Gallipoli with the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. By mid-August 1915 the Division had been reduced to little more than one-third of its normal strength by battle casualties and sickness.
After he had left Oakdene, Joseph served with the 5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment (242888) and the 15th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers (235480) in France. On 28th September 1917 he suffered from trench fever or “Pyrexia of Unknown Origin” (P.U.O.) and was admitted to hospital at Rouen before being repatriated and admitted to the Smithson auxiliary hospital at Greenock on 4th October 1917 and then 1st Scottish General Hospital at Aberdeen. He was allowed home from Aberdeen on 17th December 1917.
On 12th February 1918, Joseph enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps, which became the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918. He enlisted as an Air Mechanic 3rd Class which was the lowest rank in the technical trades earning two shillings per day. He joined No. 15 Training Depot Station at Hucknall Aerodrome, Nottingham, and on 11th July 1918, he was posted to 117 Squadron at RAF Wyton, St Ives, Cambridgeshire. On 27th November 1918 he moved to No. 3 Flying School at Sedgeford, Norfolk, where he was an Aircraftsman 2nd Class. He was demobilized on 8th February 1919. He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Joseph and his family moved to Blackburn where his daughter, Edna May married Allan Schofield in 1938. Joseph, a widower, died on 8th April 1947, at Blackburn in his 63rd year.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Judith Lowe
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 9:39 PM

Dear Alan
You have done some amazing work on finding out information about these last two soldiers. Thank you so much. We are nearing the end of our research with just a few names to work on now.

Best regards
Judith Lowe
Posted by: Joe Freaney {No contact email}
Location: Ireland
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 11:49 AM
Hi Alan

If you get a chance, could you look for information on George Doherty, Service No 21309, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Thanks

Joe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 8:54 PM

Dear Joe,
George Doherty was probably private soldier number 21039 (not 21309) Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who enlisted on 15th April 1915. He was posted to the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 6th October 1915. The 1st Battalion had been at Gallipoli since 25th April 1915, so George would have been a wartime recruit posted overseas as part of a draft of reinforcements.
No service record has survived for him so it is not possible to state his service in detail. At some stage after being repatriated to Ireland he was transferred to the Irish Command Labour Centre (Labour Corps, private, 421198) suggesting he was no longer physically for war service at the Front. He was discharged through sickness, aged 22, on 26th March 1918.
George qualified for the 1914-15 Star; the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Joe Freaney
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 10:49 PM

Hi Alan, thank you so much for the information. I have another soldier who is buried at home here in Ardmore RC Cemetery. He is 19504 Private J Burke Royal Irish Fusiliers who died February 1915 - he was 37.

Any info would be much appreciated.

Regards

Joe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 4:17 PM

Dear Joe,
J. Burke’s regimental number was 19514. He was buried on 8th May 1918. There is no military record for him and he appears not to have served overseas. The CWGC Debt of Honour recorded he was the husband of Bridget Burke, of 21, Margaret St., Londonderry.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Joe Freaney
Date: Sunday 13th November 2016 at 8:30 PM

Hi Alan

Thank you for that information. I was speaking with my mother in law re the fantastic information you have been providing and she provided me with a small treasure trove: a 1914-1915 star, a victory medal, dog tags, a badge with a harp and crown with the motif 'comrades of the great war' and a tobacco box from Christmas 1914. All belonged to Gnr R Stewart 23581 of R.G.A.

His brother also served - William - not sure which regiment, possibly the Royal Inniskillings. One of the boys struggled after the war and I believe may have taken his own life.

I think the boys were from Inishowen, Co Donegal.

They are the uncles of my wife's late father. Any info would again be much appreciated.

Regards

Joe
Reply from: Joe Freaney
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 10:03 AM

Hi Alan

I think I have a service number for William - 22629.

Regards

Joe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 5:07 PM

Dear Joe,
Robert Stewart from Londonderry joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in September 1905, aged 19. He served in India in 1907; Rangoon, 1909; Egypt, 1912 while he was with No. 3 Mountain Battery R.G.A.. In 1914 he went to France where he served with No. 7 Mountain Battery which was with IV Corps in December 1914; transferred to I Corps in January 1915; and transferred to IV Corps in August 1915. From 26th November 1915 Robert Stewart served with 16th Heavy Battery R.G.A.. He was discharged from the Army on 21st February 1919.
It has not been possible to identify a William Stewart the regimental number 22629 Dear Steve,
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Joe Freaney
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 6:40 PM

Super stuff, Alan. My search for William will continue.

Thanks

Joe
Reply from: Joe Freaney
Date: Monday 14th November 2016 at 6:43 PM

John/Jack Carruthers from Derry served his war in the Merchant Navy, where would one obtain information about his WW1 experiences.

Regards

Joe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 2:03 PM

Dear Joe,
Merchant seamen’s records from 1913 to 1917 have been destroyed. Details of searching for later records are shown at:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/merchant-seaman-serving-after-1917/
See also the surname searchable 1915 Crew Lists index from the National Maritime Museum.
http://1915crewlists.rmg.co.uk/
The Crew Lists Project is useful:
http://www.crewlist.org.uk/
Merchant seamen’s records were recorded on index cards that showed ship’s official numbers which can be further researched at:
http://www.crewlist.org.uk/data/vesselsnum.php
Because I am very busy on the Forum at the moment might I ask you to use the “new post” button when seeking details of another person, so I can see it more readily. Otherwise it is like unravelling wallpaper (smiles).
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Young Buzzard {Email left}
Location: Newton Abbot
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 10:59 AM
Good Morning Alan,
Today I am seeking assistance with the service records of Leonard Vincent Broughton , service number 2GH/255, and who appears to have enlisted in October 1915. His service number quoted refers I think to the Amry Service Corps, and I believe he spent most of the War serving in Malta, possibly at one of the hospitals on the Island, I say this because the records show him as having a RAMC service number of 51777126 in 1919 I think?.
Can you straighten out the facts for me please.
Reply from: Alan Greeson
Date: Saturday 12th November 2016 at 8:53 PM

Dear David,
Leonard Vincent Broughton served only in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He enlisted at the age of 17 at the Duke of York’s Barracks, Chelsea, on October 11th 1915 and was allotted the Territorial Army regimental number 255 prefixed with 2GH because he joined No. 2 London General Hospital, also known as the Second London General Hospital (R.A.M.C. Territorial Force) which was established in St Mark's College, 552 King's Road, Chelsea.
In 1915, Leonard stated his age was 19; he was 5ft 10ins tall and was a clerk living at 21, Netta Road, Hammersmith. His next-of-kin was his father, Frederick, who lived at The Old Inn, Widecombe-in-the-Moor. In the 1911 census, Leonard was recorded as a 12-year-old scholar with his parents Frederick and Mary at 37 Bearcroft Buildings, S.W., Fulham, London. Leonard’s birth was registered in Middlesex in 1898.
Leonard initially enlisted for Home Service only, but on 11th December 1915 he signed the Imperial Service Obligation agreeing to serve overseas. This was a statement by Territorial Army soldiers who agreed to go abroad despite the fact the original Territorial Force had been intended only for home defence: a situation that became untenable during the war.
Three days later, Leonard embarked for Malta, on 14th December 1915. There, he served with No. 3 Malta Company R.AM.C. (T.F.) at St George’s Hospital. Early in 1917 when all the Territorial Force was re-numbered, he was allotted a new R.A.M.C. regimental number, 517126. In September 1916, St George's Hospital held a maximum of 1,412 beds. It closed in October 1917. Vera Brittain had served at St George’s Hospital from October 1916 to May 1917.
On 4th April 1918 Leonard was posted from No. 3 Malta Company R.A.M.C. to France. He arrived at Rouen on 18th April 1918 and remained at a base depot in Rouen until 11th May 1918 when he was posted to 1st/4th London Field Ambulance which was part of the 47th (2nd London) Division. In Leonard’s time in France the Division fought at The Battle of Albert (21st – 23rd August 1918); and The Second Battle of Bapaume (21st August to 3rd September 1918) during the Second Battles of the Somme 1918; and The Operations in Artois and the official entry into Lille which had been occupied by the Germans.
Leonard remained in France with 1st/4th Field Ambulance until it was reduced in strength in May 1919 when he returned to England. He was demobilized on 14th June 1919, aged 22.
Leonard married Mabel Violet Niquet at Kingston, Surrey, in 1922. The couple emigrated to Australia with their son Peter in 1951. Mabel died in 1985 and Leonard died, aged 96, in 1994 and is buried at Springvale, Victoria, Melbourne.
Leonard Vincent Broughton qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
The War Diary for 1/4 Field Ambulance can be downloaded for £3.45 from:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C7354548
With kind regards,
Alan

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