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Posted by: Beverley Kellett {Email left}
Location: Northampton
Date: Thursday 23rd March 2023 at 7:52 PM
My father has a prayer book that belonged to H Churchman of the 1st Norfolk Regiment, Dum Dum. India. It would be great if we could find out anything about this gentleman.

Posted by: Angela Oleary {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2021 at 11:34 AM
Hi there. I am doing some research for a TV documentary for an item on the London buses and drivers who drove WWI soldiers to the Front. Ideally looking for photographs of the drivers at the time. Be interested in hearing from anyone who can help.
Angela O'Leary
Posted by: Steve Gray {Email left}
Location: Newport Monmouthshire
Date: Monday 26th July 2021 at 4:03 PM
I'm trying to find some information about what my grandfather, Albert Gray (2307/200576), got up to when he was in Mesopotamia in WW1. He was 1/4th Somerset LI and I've figured out that he must have fought on the NW frontier (Hafiz Kor) because he has the 14/15 Star.
My father, George Albert, is keen to know a bit more because he said his dad (and his brother Fred who was also 1/4 SLI) never spoke of it.
What family story there is goes that at some stage in Mesopotamia he went missing and was then 'found' in Cairo, minus his memory, by the Salvation Army after the war had finished. His medical/pension record shows he was discharged 1/1/1920 and was paid a pension for three more years, and that he'd had Dysentary and Malaria.
I can see that 1/4 SLI was handed around between various Indian army Brigades and Divisions, which presumably makes the trail more difficult. What books or records can I consult to find out more about that unit's activities and maybe what happened to him and when, please?
Here's hoping!
Steve Gray

Posted by: Eleanor Cole {Email left}
Location: Clipstone Mansfield
Date: Monday 24th May 2021 at 3:01 PM
I have put a request for information on Lance Corporal Alexander Grant of the first contingent New Zealand army WW1 who was wounded and sent to Mount Felix Walton on Thames Hospital no. 2. I have put more detail on my earlier piece about his relationship to my late husband's family. See on other post yesterday.
Posted by: Adrian {Email left}
Location: Melbourne East Yorkshire
Date: Thursday 20th May 2021 at 8:06 PM
Hi Allen,
I am trying to trace the birth and parents of Barzillar Howard. He was married in Warham Norfolk to Rebecca Davison on 28th Sep 1813, and in 1815 had a son John Howard.
In the 1851 census John Howard was listed as being in the 4th regiment, and living in St Andrews Plymouth Devon.
My hope is that you may be able to help me find the birth date and place of Barzillar,and his Parents.
Many thanks,

Posted by: Mick {Email left}
Location: South Yorkshire
Date: Friday 14th May 2021 at 7:15 PM
I was wondering if you can help find out the date 1045804 William H Howson left the army. He served in the Royal Field Artillery, I know on his marriage certificate in 1921 it says he's still a Gunner with the RFA
Posted by: John Poucher {Email left}
Location: Selby
Date: Monday 22nd February 2021 at 12:16 PM
Anyone with info please on 1sr Batt. Duke of Wellingtons Regt. that served in India during WW1.
I am trying to research my grandfather Private 19810 Walter DENNETT. I know he was stationed at the Khyber Pass and at Mauree, India in July, 1917. He was born in Bradford on 29/07/1887.
I would appreciate any information. Thank you.
Posted by: Thomas Jermyn {Email left}
Location: Falmouth
Date: Sunday 31st January 2021 at 10:26 PM
Dear Sir,
I am looking for the war record of Harry Basset Christopher’s who worked at Truro Station then joined the army in the 1st world war and survived then went to Singapore then to Australia when the Japanese took Singapore ,

Best regards

Posted by: Brenda A {No contact email}
Location: Newark
Date: Thursday 31st December 2020 at 3:14 PM
Does anyone have information about 114369 Harold Hartley who was a gunner and possibly a Sergeant in the RFA in WW1. He came from Barnoldswick and was the son of the cinema owner. I have been looking for info for many years as my father L17056 Will Harry Bridge Wilkinson was awarded the MM for saving a soldier and carrying him to the field hospital for treatment during the third Battle of the Scarpe during May 1917.I assumed that this was the soldier but cannot prove it. It would help if Harold fought in the same battle. My father served with 31st division 170 Brigade. D Battery. I have all the military history of Will Harry including the battles in France, the write up in the local paper and the War Diaries for the Brigade. I am his only surviving daughter but at 89 years I would love to know if this was the soldier he saved as time is running out !
Posted by: Bridgette Simmons {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 6:12 PM
I am looking for information on the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in particular what happened on 14th February 1916 when they were attacked by a huge German mine under the trenches ( so I believe). The soldier involved was Private 14547 William Rimington. Apparently it took nearly a year for the War Office to confirm to his family that he had died.
He had a brother Robert Rimington Private 14196 of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was wounded at some point being awarded the Silver War Badge. Is there anyway to find out if his injuries were caused on the same day? Would these regiments be together? If not, is there a way to find out when and how his injuries occurred? Can you tell where Robert was on the day his brother died? Any info is of course much appreciated. Many thanks
Reply from: James
Date: Friday 26th March 2021 at 8:27 PM

Dear Bridgette,
William is remembered by the CWGC :-
In Memory of
Service Number: 14547
10th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 14 February 1916
Remembered with Honour
Panel 39 and 41.

Silver War Badges:

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

William was killed on the 14th February 1916; to discover if Robert was injured on or near that time you can apply to Kew War Records to establish what happened to Robert from Medical Records:

You can print out a certificate free of charge from the CWGC War Dead who hold records of the War Dead for both World Wars. Their site is on the internet. Just enter William's name in the search line.

Hope this is of help to you.


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