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Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow Essex
Date: Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 10:17 PM
Hi Alan
Hope all is well with you,just found some details on my Gt Uncle John T Turvey Born Around 1880 in Northamptonshire its a bit faded but what i can make out is R.E Corps No: (T) 3419 and 546693 married to a Ada Chimes.Can you please look into this for me please hopefully you can find out out where he served and when.
Kind Regards
Jonboy
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 4:27 PM

Dear Jonboy,
There is no evidence to suggest where John Thomas Turvey served overseas. He enlisted in November 1915 with the London Divisional Engineers at the 3rd/1st Field Company RE, 10 Victoria Park Square, London, NE (a Home-based unit). He lived at 42 Stanley Road, South Harrow, with his wife Ada (Ida) Elizabeth (Chimes) married at Evenley, Northamptonshire, 19th July 1902. John Turvey served overseas from 13 July 1916 until an unknown date. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was discharged from 646 London Field Company RE (a Home-based unit) in the UK in February 1919.
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Jonby
Date: Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 4:41 PM

Many thanks alan
Jonboy
Posted by: Mark {Email left}
Location: Dunmow
Date: Monday 18th March 2013 at 9:09 PM
Hi Alan,
I have just found your forum whilst trying to conduct some research and was wondering if you could help please. My father and I have just returned from a weekend in France having visited the war grave of my great grandfather. We know very little about him or the regiment he served in as my grandmother (his daughter) was only 4 years old when he was killed. My great Grandfather was Alfred J Bishop and his service number was 6303. He was killed on 21st March 1918 and is buried in Mory nr to Arras. He served in the 2nd/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment. From my own research i know that a german offensive was launched on the day of his death but know little else about the area he was in. I presume he would have been buried near to where he fell? Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I am keen to find out as much as possible and any pointers you may have would help. I am considering contacting the south satffs museum.

Many Thanks in advance

Mark
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 19th March 2013 at 11:52 AM

Dear Mark,
No individual service record appears to have survived for Alfred Bishop so it is not possible to state his wartime service.
An Army medal rolls index card showed that Alfred J Bishop qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for service overseas before December 31st 1915, he did not serve beyond the UK and Ireland until after January 1st 1916. The medal index card recorded his regimental details when he first went overseas as Private Alfred J Bishop 242336 South Staffordshire Regiment who later served in the Labour Corps with the number 224535. The six-digit regimental numbers in the range 240001 to 265000 were allotted to the 6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment in February/March 1917 when all Territorial Force soldiers were renumbered as part of a general re-organisation of the system. As the medal index card did not record his earlier regimental number, 6303, which was replaced early in 1917, Alfred Bishop did not serve overseas until after February 1917. The 2nd/6th South Staffordshire Regiment had been raised in 1914 as a second-line reserve battalion to provide reinforcements for the 1st/6th Battalion. The Battalion trained at Luton and St Albans before being sent to Dublin and the Curragh in Ireland in 1916. The 2nd/6th Battalion first served overseas on 25th February 1917 when it landed at Le Havre with the 59th Division. See their war record at:
http://www.1914-1918.net/59div.htm

At some stage, Alfred was transferred to the Labour Corps. The CWGC Debt of Honour stated that A J Bishop was 42 years old and when he died on 21st March 1918 (the opening day of the German offensive on the Somme 1918) he was serving with the 250th Company Labour Corps. He was buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery. His widow was Mrs C A Bishop of Guinnesses' Buildings, Vauxhall, London. Before the war, Alfred had been a vegetable cook in a restaurant. He had married Charlotte Annie Eyre at Christ Church, Southwark, on February 15th 1903. He was the son of Alfred Bishop, a French-polisher and his wife Eliza. Charlotte was the daughter of the late George Henry Eyre, a wheelwright.
The Labour Corps is very difficult to research and there appears to be no war diary of 250 Company in the National Archives catalogue. See also:
http://www.labourcorps.co.uk/

Kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Beth {Email left}
Location: Crowborough
Date: Monday 18th March 2013 at 3:26 PM
I have written to you before about my grandfather William Burgess Benton on my father's side of the family. Now on my mother's side .
Harold Crossley Hildreth Born about 1884 ? Where. Died 1937/38 in the UK. He was in the medical Corp and I also believe he was awarded some medals. His wife's name was Edith Graham Hildreth (nee Davidson) I also believe he resided in Africa, Ireland, and Colchester UK. I hope this will be enough information that will help you. My mother was born in Cork that's why I think he served in Ireland.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 18th March 2013 at 6:03 PM

Dear Beth,
Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Crossley Hildreth DSO OBE FRCS (Edin) RAMC served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a doctor and career soldier. He was born (somewhere) on October 25th 1876 and he died at the Empire Nursing Home, Westminster, London on 11th September 1937. His home address when he died was "White Walls", Queen's Road, Colchester. In 1920 his address had been "Shrublands", Beaconsfield. And he had lived at The Maltings, Abberton.
His funeral, with military honours, was held on Wednesday 15th September at Christ Church, Colchester.
He qualified as a doctor after studying at Edinburgh and Glasgow and attained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1901. He became the medical officer of the Sierra Leone Railway and was then commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps on August 31st 1903. During the First World War he served with the West Africa Command and qualified for the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was promoted to Major in 1915 and temporary Lieutenant Colonel whilst in command of a Field Ambulance in 1916. He was promoted substantive Lt-Colonel in 1926. He was Mentioned in Despatches in 1916 and again in 1917. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1917. He retired from the RAMC in 1931. The "London Gazette" stated: "Lt.-Col. H. C. Hildreth, D.S.O., O.B.E., F.R.C.S. Edin., having attained the age for compulsory retirement, is placed on ret[ired]. Pay 25th Oct. 1931." (London Gazette, published on the 27th October 1931, page 6876). He continued to travel to Sierra Leone and Sekondi Takoradi, Ghana, until the year he died when he contracted malaria on a journey home from Africa.
He had married at Ootacamund, (Udhagamandalam) Tamil Nadu, India, in 1906 (GRO Index Army Marriages (1881 to 1955) 1906 page 205).
He was awarded the OBE in the Birthday Honours of June 1924.
His service record would be held by the UK Ministry of Defence. The MOD will release certain amounts of information about a deceased person depending on whether you are the direct next-of-kin, or not. You can apply for a search using the different application forms for next-of-kin, or with permission of next-of-kin, or as a general enquirer. See:
http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records.html

Click on the link and then look for "Service records - requests for service records of deceased service personnel and home guard" in the left-hand column.
You will need proof of death (copy of death certificate); the soldier's date of birth or service number; and next-of-kin's signed permission (unless you are the direct next-of-kin), known as form Part 1. You then need a completed form Part 2 (search details), and cheque for payment. The next-of-kin form (Part 1) is for completion by the next-of-kin of deceased service personnel (or enquirers with the consent of next of kin). The Part 2 form is entitled: "Request forms for service personnel Army" A cheque for GBP 30 should be made payable to "The MOD Accounting Officer" and sent to Army Personnel Centre Secretariat, Disclosures 2, Mail Point 515, Kentigern House, 65, Brown Street, Glasgow G2 8EX Scotland with all the paperwork.
Searches take several months to complete.
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Ian Willden
Date: Friday 27th January 2017 at 10:48 PM

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE LIEUT COL HAROLD CROSSLEY HILDRETH'S GRANDSONS FAMILY, IN THE LATE SEVENTIES EARLY .EIGHTIES. THE LIEUT COLONEL HAD A SON HAROLD JOHN CROSSLEY HILDRETH, BORN IN BURMA IN 1908.HE BECAME A KNIGHT, AND EVENTUALLY HELD THE MILITARY POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF SUPPLY.( ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS WAS HIS ORIGINAL UNITS).HE DIED IN 1992, AND IS BURIED IN THE DEEPCUT PARISH CHURCH SURREY. UK.. THE CHURCH IS DESIGNATED AS THE RAOC AND ROYAL LOGISTIC CORPS CHURCH, WITH STAINED GLASS REGIMENTAL BADGES OF LOGISTIC REGIMENTS. HIS GRANDSON JAN H CROSSLEY HILDRETH AND HIS WIFE NOW LIVE IN SW LONDON.
Posted by: Jeremy Thornton {Email left}
Location: France
Date: Sunday 17th March 2013 at 9:45 AM
Alan,

This is just to let you know that today I have made a donation to The British Legion in appreciation for research you have done for me. I am hopeful that my visits to the KOYLI museum in Doncaster and the National Archives in October will answer my remaining questions.

Thanks again , keep up the good work.

Jeremy Thornton
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 17th March 2013 at 7:11 PM

Dear Jeremy,
Thank you for making a donation to the Royal British Legion. I hope you have a successful visit to the UK in October.
Kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow Essex England
Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 2:31 PM
Hi Alan
Me again hope you dont mind looking another member of Family so soon after last one,but at last i have found some small details of my Gt Grandfather whos name was Walter Sidney Bartlett,served in the Grenadier Guards reg no 12391.the only other info i have from my mums old diary was that he had a Guard of Honour at his Funeral.And i can only make out that he was buried somewhere in South Ealing Cemetry, in West London(.How i wished i started my Tree when my Parents were alive).He was Born 1869 in South Hornsey in North London and was married to a Sarah Clack.
Regards
Jonboy
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 7:57 PM

Dear Jonboy,
Walter Sidney Bartlett was born in 1867 and was baptised on May 23rd 1869 at St Matthias's Church, Stoke Newington. In the 1911 census he was shown as a painter and paperhanger living with his family at Ealing. At the outbreak of the First World War he would have been 47 years old, yet he served with a regular army battalion of the Grenadier Guards. He must therefore have been a reservist recalled to the colours and probably served in the regular army at some time in the period between the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Walter landed at Zeebrugge with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards on 6th October 1914 and was eventually promoted to Corporal. He qualified for the 1914 star with Mons clasp; the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He appears to have died in 1928 aged 61. He had probably kept in touch with the Grenadier Guards Association.
The war diary of the 1st Battalion is available to download from the National Archives for £3.36. See:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C4554374

Service records are held by the archivist of the Grenadier Guards, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1E 6HQ. Searches cost £30. See:
http://grengds.com/static.php?content_id=12

Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Jonboy
Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 10:19 PM

Thanks for that Alan not sure what my mum was trying to write when she said about Military escort though, so it must have been somebody else which i will investigate asap.

Posted by: Ken Snowden {Email left}
Location: Belfast
Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 1:32 PM
Hi alan, ive contacted you before about family who served in ww1 , my brother has discovered someone we beleive to be a relative,
here are his details we have found , john ayres snodden, he was a sargant in the 1st batt kings liverpool regement, his serv no is 9228, he was killed on the 07/05/1918 he is buried in a cemetery we think called cabaret rouge, grave no v111q29, in a town called souchez, i was hoping if the details given are correct and if you would have any other details on john, we think he also joined up in 1914, regards ken snowden
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 16th March 2013 at 7:56 PM

Dear Ken,
No individual service record appears to have survived for John Ayres Snodden so it is not possible to state his service. An Army medal rolls index card recorded he entered France on 12th August 1914 which was the date the 1st Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment) went to France with the 2nd Division. His pre-war residence at enlistment was shown as Dublin. He would have been a regular soldier or a reservist to have been with the 1st Battalion in August 1914 and to be in France within a week of war being declared. He was killed on 7th May 1918 while serving with the 1st Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment). It is therefore probable he served throughout with the 1st Battalion. See:
http://www.1914-1918.net/2div.htm

John Ayres Snodden was born in 1890 at Woolwich the son of John and Charlotte of Ritter Street. His father was an army shoeing smith.
John Ayres Snodden married Annie Jane Clark(e) on 6th October 1917 at Twickenham Parish Church (Holy Trinity).
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Annabelle Morrison
Date: Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 7:34 PM

John Ayers Snodden was the brother of my grandmother Anna Martha McWatters nee Snodden you can find her family on the 1911 Census for Northern Ireland living in Carnmoney. I have been researching her family tree and would be interested in finding out if Ken Snodden is connected.
Reply from: Robert Snowden
Date: Friday 3rd May 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hi Annabelle,
Ken Snowden is my brother. He asked about John Ayers Snodden. I believe that John Ayers Snodden's father, also John (born Aug 7, 1865, and married Charlotte Ayers, 1889) and listed as a Blacksmith in the Army in Dublin, was the son of John Snodden (1837-1865, married Elizabeth Cochrane, 1860). This last John, I believe is the brother of Francis Snodden (Snowden), my great-great grandfather. If I am correct then there is a definite family connection to yours. If you want to correspond with me you can reach me at:

(raptorslair2 at hotmail dot com)

I use this email so that if it is hit by spybots it does not matter!
Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow Essex England
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 4:35 PM
Hi Alan
Can you help me on this one please on William Franklin Born 1871 Shorditch,London.
All i know from my mums old diary is that he was in the Royal Defence Corps No:14470
cant seem to find out anything on his Military,all i know is he died in Chelsea.Many thanks.
Kind regards
Jonboy
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 7:46 PM

Dear Jonboy,
There were numerous Defence Corps established from the ranks of enthusiastic ex-servicemen and civilians at the outbreak of the First World War even the Boy Scouts had a Defence Corps. Most were established a county level and were organised by the county Territorial Army associatoions with the men working at weekends and evenings based on the home-defence battalions of the local Territorial Army drill halls. By March 1915, there was a Central Association of Volunteer Defence Corps whose men were "better deployed" on guarding railways and harbours. In March 1916 the Royal Defence Corps was formed from these earlier units and men served in Protection Companies assigned to guard strategic points or prisoner of war camps.
William Franklin 14470 RDC was discharged through sickness from the 64th Protection Company RDC on 23rd March 1918 at the age of 47. He was 5ft 6ins tall; had grey eyes and brown hair. He was a (house) painter in civilian life. He lived at 48 Yeoman's Row, Brompton Road, SW3. His military character was "very good; steady and well conducted". He was awarded a Silver War Badge for being discharged early through sickness. Service in the RDC did not qualify for any campaign medals.
He had enlisted on 21st October 1914, but there is no record with which defence unit he served between then and the formal creation of 64th Protection Company RDC in the Spring of 1916. He may have been a former serviceman or a reservist, or he may have been a civilian volunteer.
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Jonboy
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 11:19 PM

Hi Alan
thanks for that info on William Franklin.
Posted by: Gary {Email left}
Location: Bingley
Date: Thursday 14th March 2013 at 8:13 PM
My Grandfather - James Abraham Chappell, living near Dewsbury in the West Riding at the outbreak of the great war. I have photos of him & 20 others in Royal Army Medical Corps uniform outside 'No 4 Waterloo House' looking like a training establishment. Any idea where this is?.
I also have photos of him with RAMC mates called Clifford and Frank (who married Agnes) probably also from the West Riding if anyone recognises these names.
I have been unable to find his military record so can only guess at his regiment but his Victory Medal record shows his regimental number to be 105763 can anyone help with a regiment?
I know he was evacuated to 2nd Birmingham War Hospital following a gas attack and he was there at Christmas 1915. We believe it was Chlorine Gas and wonder if it might have been from the battle of Loos on 25th Sept 1915? Any info about what RAMC units were at Loos?
Posted by: Julie {Email left}
Location: West Sussex
Date: Thursday 14th March 2013 at 12:36 PM
Dear Alan,

My mum's uncle was Stephen McCarthy. I have found a WW1 record for a Stephen McCarthy, ref. no. S17726 Rif. Brig. He enlisted on 26/11/15 and was discharged on 22/3/17, it states, wounds Para 392 XV1 KR.

I expect that there were many 'Stephen McCarthys' serving in WW1, do you know how I can find his home address at that time to determine if it was my great uncle,

Many thanks,

Julie
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 12:14 PM

Dear Julie,
You would need to discover Stephen McCarthy's date of birth, parish of birth and occupation by tracing his family tree backwards from the present. He could then be sought through the census returns to show where he was living up to the 1911 census. To identify him in military documents for the First World War you would need his address in 1914 and his regiment and regimental number, details of which might be found in private family documents.
Any surviving service records that would show an address can be searched using the regimental number. There were 14 men named Stephen McCarthy who served overseas in the First World War plus a further four listed as S. McCarthy. Only five service records have survived and they do not include Stephen McCarthy 17726 Rifle Brigade, so it is not possible to further identify him from those records.
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Julie
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 2:09 PM

Dear Alan,

Many thanks for your reply.

My Great Grandfather,( Stephens father), died in 1905 in an accident in St Katherines docks. I could only find my great grandmother on 1911 census, in Stepney Workhouse where she died in 1912. For what ever reason, I cannot find any of the family members on 1911 census, I would love to know where they went during the period 1905 to 1920 (after that I have found addresses for 4 of the family).

I do know that Stephen married in 1914, so I can get a copy of his marriage certificate to find his address, and I'll go from there,

Thanks again,

Kind regards

Julie
Posted by: Paul Davies {Email left}
Location: Regina Sask Canada
Date: Thursday 14th March 2013 at 12:05 AM
F. Smith Sapper R.E.
#121676

I have his bible Mr. Greveson - it needs to go home - any idea?

I contacted the Legion in Southall re: Francis H. Elliott ( you looked him up for me) in hopes they have some idea as to family

Kind Regards
Paul
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 12:13 PM

Dear Paul,
The bible appears to have belonged to Frederick Smith, who was single, age 31, and lived with his mother at 1 Elinore Row, at Bloxwich, near Walsall, in Staffordshire, in 1914. He was a miner who was enlisted directly into the Corps of Royal Engineers as a tunneller's mate. He had lost his right eye before the war and worked with the sight of only his left eye. He went to France on 28th September 1915 but returned to the UK on 1st February 1916. He returned to France on 16th October 1916 but was sent home sick on 7th November 1916. He was discharged from the Army in the UK through sickness on 23rd August 1917He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
It is not possible for me to trace his descendants as that would be a time-consuming exercise involving considerable expense. The details of living relatives would be protected by British data protection laws so it would not be possible to publish them on the internet.
Kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Paul Davies
Date: Friday 15th March 2013 at 1:44 PM

Thank you so much Mr. Greveson - I'll continue the search - what you told help tremendously Kind Regards

Paul

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