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Posted by: Eoin {Email left}
Location: Belfast
Date: Thursday 14th May 2015 at 1:17 PM
Hi Alan

I have been trying to trace the service record of my Great Grandfather. His name is John Bannon and I believe he served with The Inniskilling Fusiliers. I have found what I believe to be his medal card. It states his Regimental Number to be 7736. Can you find any information on this individual so that I can confirm/deny this is him?

Many thanks in advance
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 15th May 2015 at 12:08 PM

Dear Eoin,
Unfortunately, there is no further record for John Bannon 7736 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers so it is not possible to provide any biographical information about him.
With kind regards,

Posted by: Linda {No contact email}
Location: Lancashire
Date: Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 10:49 AM
Hello...I sadly cannot find my grandfathers service record, it must have been one of the ones destroyed in WW2. Would there be any medical records I may find at all, he was injured, presumably near Arras in 1916 as he was at Le Trianon General Hospital 3 in Le Tréport at some point. His name was ALFRED Patchett b1892 Bradford Yorkshire but he did lie about his age to join the Terratorials pre 1914. He was in 21st Division and his number was 35553.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 3:56 PM

Dear Linda,
You would be very fortunate to find medical records for Alfred Patchett from the First World War if his service record was destroyed. Individual service records noted when a man was admitted and discharged from hospital sometimes with a couple of sentences describing his treatment. The few hospital records that have survived can be divided between admission records and medical records. There is no central database for those that have survived and the few hospital records that have are mainly from English hospitals. Many are held at The National Archives. For those that are available see the article at:
There is also a collection of hospital records held by the Wellcome Collection. http://wellcomelibrary.org/collections/about-the-collections/archives-and-manuscripts/
However, medical records from a Royal Army Medical Corps hospital in France are less likely to have survived. Most surviving records are letters, journals and photographs. See:
A small proportion of admission and discharge records are held at the Army Medical Services Museum, Keogh Barracks, Mytchett, Surrey, England. Those for the Field Ambulances of 17th; 41st and 5th Divisions are being made available through a commercial website. See:
The building that housed No. 3 General Hospital, the Hotel Trianon at Le Treport, was destroyed in 1942.
With kind regards,

Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow Essex England
Date: Monday 11th May 2015 at 3:48 PM
Hi Alan
Sifting through some old paper work for my Family Tree, and come across my Gt Gt Uncle William George Clack
Born around 1882 Hounslow Middlesex.Its a bit faded (sorry) looks like he enlisted at Kew ? in the Labour Corps
Reg No : 137565. Cant read it but it looks like he might have been in another Regiment. Any info you can find on him would be great.
Kind regards
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 11th May 2015 at 8:29 PM

Dear Jonboy,
Three members of the Clack family were to die in the influenza epidemic of 1918.
William George Clack was a chimney sweep, born about 1880 at Hounslow, Middlesex. He learned his trade from John Rowles, a chimney sweep (employer) of 1 Kingsby Road, Heston, Middlesex, as he was recorded at that address as a boarder with another young sweep in the 1901 census. William was medically unfit to serve at the Front but he volunteered at the stated age of 35 and was medically graded as being able to stand service in garrisons at home. He joined The Middlesex Regiment and was attested at Kew Bridge on 7th June 1915, as Private G/13109. He joined the 14th (Reserve) Battalion The Duke of Cambridge�s Own (Middlesex Regiment) which was stationed at Colchester and then, from October 1915, at Shoreham. The 14th Battalion served only in England and on 1st September 1916 it became the 24th Training Reserve Battalion at Shoreham. On 21st September 1916, William was transferred to the 29th (Works) Battalion of The Middlesex Regiment at Reading. On 23rd December 1916 William was transferred to the 13th (Works) Battalion of The Devonshire Regiment which was stationed at Plymouth. He had a Devonshire Regiment number 49844. The 13th Battalion then became the 3rd Labour Battalion of the Labour Corps on 28th April 1917. William had the Labour Corps number 137565 but he was attached to Z Company of the Army Service Corps at Shoreham.
William Clack had married Annie Neighbour, a 19 year old spinster, at the church of St Paul, Old Brentford, on 23rd May 1904. The couple had at least six children between 1907 and December 1916. In 1914, the family lived at 24 Waldeck Road, Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick.
In November 1918, two of William and Annie�s children died at home of influenza and broncho pneumonia. They were James Robert Clack aged nine and Annie Clack aged four who both died on 9th November 1918. Their father Private William Clack was admitted to Fulham Military Hospital on 6th November 1918. He died there from influenza and pneumonia at 9.45 a.m. on November 11th 1918: an hour and fifteen minutes before the end of the war with Germany.
William is buried at Chiswick Old Cemetery. The grave itself is not marked with a headstone but instead has a screen wall bearing the names of those whose graves are not marked by headstones.
His widow, Annie Clack, aged 29, married Richard Mara, a 39 year old bachelor carpenter at St Paul�s Old Brentford on 28th June 1919.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Jonboy
Date: Thursday 14th May 2015 at 1:17 PM

Thanks Alan
As always you have come up trumps
Posted by: Nigel {Email left}
Location: Watford
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 5:30 PM
Hello Alan,

I am trying to find out about my grad-father's war record and also the history of his battalion during teh first world war and shortly after.

I have some medals, including a Meritorious Service Medal, which hopefully will make te search a little easier. I always understood that my grand father served from about 1915 until the end of teh war. He was then posted to Northern Russia. He survived both and I suppose must have been discharged a little later.

He was unusual in that he was and Italian runaway who came to Britain when he was in his teens. He stayed ever since serving in the first world war and in the home guard in the second.

On the MSM the engraving is...

G-25395 PTE - A.SJT J. COSTA . 11/R.SUSS.R.

I believe he was in the Royal Sussex Regiment (which makes sense as he was living in Surrey/Sussex) and the 11th Battalion (as that went to N Russia).

I only have a few stories from his war years but I understand he was a sargeant (which tallies with the MSM).

I'd really like to find out more, especially about his time in N Russia. It would be good to find out why he was awarded the MSM also.

I hope you can help. If you want any more information (not that I have much) please email me.

Nigel de Costa
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 7:20 PM

Dear Nigel,
No individual service record has survived for Julius Costa so it is not possible to state his wartime service. The Army medal rolls showed he served in the 11th Battalion (1st South Downs) Royal Sussex Regiment as a private with the acting rank of sergeant. The 11th Battalion was raised at Bexhill in September 1914 as a Pals battalion and after training in England it was sent to France in March 1916 where it served with the 116th Infantry Brigade in the 39th Division. For the Divisional battle engagements see:
The 11th Battalion was reduced to a training cadre on 23rd May 1918 before it returned to England in July 1918. It was then reconstituted and on 17th October 1918 the 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment sailed for North Russia with the 236th Infantry Brigade. The intervention in North Russia followed the October Revolution in Russia. See:
He was awarded the MSM for services in Russia. The award was promulgated in the London Gazette on 2 January 1920. See:
There is no published citation for the award.
The war diary of the 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment in France is available to download for GBP 3.30 from:
The war diary of the 11th Battalion Royal Susses regiment in North Russia to July 1919 is not yet available online and can be seen at The National Archives at Kew. It is Catalogue reference WO/955427.
The 11th Battalion served with 236 Infantry Brigade as part of Syren Force in Murmansk Command.
For more on the Intervention in North Russia see:
Julius Costa qualified for the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Service records for the Home Guard are held by the Ministry of Defence who may release information about deceased members of the Home Guard. See:
With kind regards,
Reply from: Nigel De Costa
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 11:10 PM


Thanks for this really fast reply. You have given me some great pointers and places to start looking. I am intrigued that he got his MSM in North Russia. I live not too far from Kew. Are the records accessible to the general public?

Thank you


(I shall make a donation to the Royal British Legion as requested.)
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 11th May 2015 at 11:32 AM

Dear Nigel,
The war diaries are available at The National Archives. You would need to be a registered reader which means taking two forms of I.D. with you and spending a few minutes registering for a reader�s ticket. See: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/visit/
You might want to take a digital camera. The war diary for Headquarters 236 Brigade might also be of interest and could possibly refer to the recommendations for medals. It is Catalogue reference WO95/5427 :- 236 Infantry Brigade Headquarters Sept 1918 to Aug 1919.
Thank you for donating to the Royal British Legion.
With kind regards,
Posted by: Miles {Email left}
Location: Abersoch
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 3:03 PM
Hello Alan

This is a long shot, but, is it possible to trace a person by name, town of birth rank and regiment?

I am trying to trace my Grandfather's history, All I know is that by the end of the war he was sergeant in the Bantams, and that he probably lied about his age.

Name Samuel Arthur James, date of birth circa 1901 (but that is a guess)

Many thanks
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 7:10 PM

Dear Miles,
It is generally not possible to positively identify records of a soldier by his name only. A bantam battalion was one raised for men whose height was less than the minimum 5ft 3ins. Each regiment would have had one or two bantam battalions, so without knowing the regiment and number it is unlikely a positive identification could be made.
With kind regards,
Posted by: Eleanor {Email left}
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 11:34 AM
Hi, I am looking for more information about my great grandfather who died of his injuries on 21st November 1916. He was injured on 16th September 1916. His name was Cprl James Edward Hannant 70520 and he served in 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters. I really want to know which battle he was wounded in. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks Eleanor.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 7:08 PM

Dear Eleanor,
Corporal James Edward Hannant died in hospital in Glasgow.
He died at the Red Cross Hospital, Bellahouston, Glasgow, at 9.10 a.m. on 21st November 1916 of secondary haemorrhage which was bleeding that occurred from seven to fourteen days after surgery for a leg wound (gunshot) (GRO Scotland; Statutory Deaths; 644/18 0400 via
No individual service record has survived for him so it is not possible to state his wartime service in detail. He 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 no go abroad until after January 1st 1916.
The 11th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) had been in France and Flanders since 27th August 1915, so Corporal Hannant would have been part of a draft of reinforcements to the 11th Battalion in 1916.
It is not possible to state in which battle he was wounded. In 1916, the 11th Battalion was involved in The attack on Leipzig Salient (1st July 1916; the first day of The Battle of the Somme); The Battle of Pozieres (23rd July - 3rd September); The Battle of Morval (25th - 28th September) and The Battle of Le Transloy (1st - 18th October). Perhaps he had joined the 11th Battalion as part of a draft of reinforcements after the battle of July 1st and was then wounded in a later battle? Given that he had been returned to hospital in the UK by November and had had his wound operated on, it is likely he was wounded in one of the later battles that his battalion was involved in in 1916.
The war diary of the 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters is available (GBP 3.30) from:
See also:
James Edward Hannant was born at Kyo, Stanley, County Durham, in 1885. He was the son of Robert and Sarah Jane Hannant (neé Hart). He married Eleanor Miller in 1906. In the 1911 census he was recorded as a coal miner (hewer) with his wife and two children: Robert, 5; and Eleanor, 2; living at Warkworth Street, Lemington, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The birth of a William Hannant was registered in April-June 1914 at Castle Ward, Northumberland, with the maiden name of the mother recorded as Miller.
Corporal James Edward Hannant was 31. He was buried at Lemington Cemetery which was near the residence of Eleanor Hannant, his widow, who had lived at Warkworth Street, Lemington and then moved to Coronation Row, North Walbottle, Newburn-on-Tyne (CWGC Debt of Honour).
With kind regards,
Reply from: Eleanor
Date: Sunday 10th May 2015 at 8:10 PM

Thank you Alan. You have given me more information in one day than I could find in weeks of searching. Regards Eleanor.
Reply from: Sharon Hannant
Date: Wednesday 29th July 2015 at 4:36 PM

Hi Alan. Cpl James Edward Hannant is my great/great great uncle. I am his brothers' (John Joseph Hannant) great great granddaughter. I have found this information fascinating, and I was wondering how I could find any photographs of him. My dad has passed away too now, and I no longer have contact with his siblings, and I would LOVE to see what he looked like, and if there is any resemblance to my dad - granddad died before I was born. Any ideas please?
Many thanks
Reply from: Eleanor
Date: Wednesday 29th July 2015 at 6:48 PM

Hi Sharon

I do no have any photographs but have emailed my cousin to ask if she has any. I know that she has old photographs of the family but not sure of who. My email address is (eleanormoore2028 at aol.com) if you want to contact me.

Reply from: Sharon
Date: Friday 30th October 2015 at 11:05 PM

Hi Eleanor

Thank you for sending me your email address. Forgive me for not contacting you before now. I have recently visited with a cousin of mine and have been given lots of photos of family members. Sadly none of my great, great, uncle James. My email address is : (sharonhannant at hotmail dot co dot uk). Please feel free to contact me - we are family after all!

Posted by: Peter {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Thursday 7th May 2015 at 12:04 PM
Alan, I am trying to find my Great Grandfathers service record, although I think it might have been destroyed in ww11, he was in the 16th battalion Rifle Brigade, Sergeant John Edward George Wakeham and he was killed on the Somme 21st March 1918, I was wondering when and where he joined up and where on the Somme he was killed, he is commemorated in Poziere cemetary,

Kind Regards,

Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Thursday 7th May 2015 at 7:50 PM

Dear Peter,
Without an individual service record it is not possible to state his army service in detail. The Army medal rolls recorded he served as a Serjeant in the 16th Battalion The Rifle Brigade with the regimental number S/27301. The rolls indicate that number was within a series that was allotted to the 16th Battalion where the pre-fix S indicated war-time enlistment. No other battalion was listed in the rolls, so it is likely John Wakeham enlisted in and served with the 16th Battalion from its creation. By the time the Battalion went overseas, John Wakeham had been promoted to Serjeant (the spelling with a J was usual in the Rifle Brigade).
The 16th Battalion had been raised for wartime service in the borough of St Pancras, London, on April 2nd 1915. In August 1915 the Battalion moved to Hursley Park, Winchester, and joined the 117th Infantry Brigade in the 39th Division. In September 1915 the Battalion moved to Marlborough Lines, Aldershot, and in November 1915 to Witley Camp. The Battalion landed in France in the first week of March 1916. The war diary of the 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade should reflect the period of service of Serjeant John Wakeham. The diary can be downloaded (GBP 3.30) from the UK National Archives website:
The engagements of the 39th Division can be seen at:
The date of his death is recognisable as the beginning of the German spring offensive on the Somme known as Operation Michael, or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) which began on a misty dawn on March 21st 1918 at St Quentin when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back on a wide front and thrown into chaos.
The Army Registers of Soldiers Effects recorded John Edward George Wakeham was presumed dead on or since 21st to 30th March 1918. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial among 600 names of men of The Rifle Brigade who have no marked grave and who died on the Somme between March 21st 1918 and 7th August 1918 when the Allied advance to victory began.
He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
John Edward George Wakeham was a hospital porter living at Shadwell, London, in 1911 with his wife Bessie Emma and two young daughters. John Edward George Wakeham married Bessie Emma Volks in 1908. John had been born in Poplar, London, on February 19th 1884 and was baptised on March 12th 1884, at St Gabriels Church, at Chrisp Street, Poplar, the son of Edward William Watcham (sic) and his wife Celia (nee Mitchell) of 29 Augusta Street, Tower Hamlets. The curate probably could not read his own notes after the christening as the hand-written entry does read Watcham but the marriage of Edward William to Celia Mitchell in 1883 was in the name of Wakeham.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Peter
Date: Friday 8th May 2015 at 8:37 AM


Thank you very much for all the information you have provided me with, one of the young daughters would have been my Grandmother, I will be going to the National Archives soon, I will check the Diaries then, again thank you very much, and thank you for the quick reply,

Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 9:46 AM
Hi Alan
Sorry to be a pain but Ref: Frederick Bartlett ex: Royal Fusiliers No 4142, do you know if your info states his Parents or not ? as his full name is Frederick Joseph Bartlett Born Hornsey and yes he was a Painter. Was it normal to sometimes not to put middle name down ?.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 6:25 PM

Dear Jonboy,
The army record did not state a middle name, which was not unusual in the Victorian period, although his marriage certificate did record the middle name as the Church was more particular.
Frederick named his next-of-kin on his army record as his mother, Mrs Moore of 17 Neville Road, Hornsey and a Walter Sidney Bartlett of 84 Northwood Road.
Walter Sidney Bartlett would be his older brother, born in 1868/69.
In 1903 the marriage certificate for Sophia Mullins and Frederick Joseph Bartlett stated his father was Edward James Bartlett, decorator, deceased. In fact, his father was Edward Charles Bartlett who had married aged 21, Matilda Maria Needham (aged 18) in 1853. Edward Charles stated his father was named Edward Bartlett, a paper-hanger.
Matilda Maria Bartlett, widow, married John Clisby Moore, widower aged 60, on October 20th 1891.
The 1871 Census for Spenser Road, Edmonton, showed Edward, a paper-hanger and decorator, aged 39 with Matilda, aged 35, and five children: Edward, 13; Louisa, 10; Alfred, 8; Henry, 6; and Walter (3). Frederick was born about 1872, and the family is elusive in later census indexes.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Jonboy
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:44 PM

Hi Alan
Brilliant ! thank you so much.
Posted by: Jonboy {Email left}
Location: Harlow
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 7:34 PM
Hi Alan
Hope all is well with you, can you please help me on my Gt Uncle Frederick Bartlett who served in the Royal Fusiliers No 4142 all I know is he was about 28/29 when he came out of Army and that he was discharged in Hounslow. He went live with Family at 87 Murray Road Sth Ealing/Brentford after a couple of years they moved up the Street to 104.Thats all I have im afraid
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 11:12 PM

Dear Jonboy,
I am keeping well, thanks. I hope you, your son Luke and the family are both well.
Frederick Bartlett enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) on 2nd March 1892 at Woolwich. He stated his age was 18 years and two months. He was a painter born at Hornsey, London. He was 5ft 4ins tall; had a fresh complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He served initially in the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers from March 1892 as a private and then lance-corporal. The 2nd Battalion had been garrisoned at Woolwich (1892), Aldershot (1893) and Fort George, Guernsey (from May 1893). From Guernsey, Frederick was posted on 7th December 1893 to India to join the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers which was serving in Yerrowda before moving to Quetta in March 1893. On March 8th 1893 the HQ and five companies moved to Kurrachee while on October 3rd 1893 three companies moved to Hyderabad. In October 1895 the 1st Battalion moved to Mhow. On 12th November 1897 Frederick was imprisoned for 14 days and reduced to the ranks for having been absent without leave. In 1898 the Battalion was at Indore before moving on April 14th 1898 to Naziribad (The City of London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers, Locations of Battalions, Compiled and Edited by J P Kelleher, City of London Headquarters RRF, undated).
Frederick Bartlett returned to England on 30th April 1900 and was posted to the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers which was a reserve battalion being raised at the time. It served at Dover from February 1900 and on June 30th 1900 moved to Lydd, before Battalion HQ was established at Dover on September 27th 1900.
Frederick was then posted to the Depot at Hounslow on 2nd November 1900 until he returned to the 4th Battalion on 19th October 1901. The main body of the 4th Battalion had been formed into a Mounted Infantry Company (later 20th Battalion Mounted Infantry) and had been sent to South Africa in March 1901, but the HQ remained at Shorncliffe. Frederick was sent to South Africa on 7th November 1901 to be posted to the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers which returned to Aldershot in October 1902. Frederick was probably either wounded or sick on his return because a few weeks later he was discharged at Hounslow as no longer medically for service on 20th November 1902. He had served the best part of eleven years, reached the rank of corporal and qualified for the Queen�s South Africa Medal with clasps for 1901 and 1902.
He married Sophia Elizabeth Mullins on 20th December 1903 at St Mary�s parish church, Ealing.
During the First World War he had a low medical grade (C1 and later B3) and was conscripted at the age of 41 on 3rd August 1916 and served in England until 12th February 1919 with the Depot of the Royal Fusiliers, reaching the rank of corporal.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Jonboy
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 6:21 AM

Hi Alan
Thank you so much for that well documented story, Luke sends his regards who leaves School in June and has decided to go to College to do Motor Mechanics but will carry on reading his History on WW1 which he enjoys which, I think is a shame really because he was always hoping to take up History on WW1.
Kind Regards
Posted by: Kathleen Honeyman {Email left}
Location: Brentwood
Date: Monday 4th May 2015 at 6:42 PM
I am trying to find information regarding my great uncle Harry Jennings who was a lance corporal in the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (regimental number 253189).
He was in the territorial force and was mobilised when war broke out in 1914 and served in France.
However after being wounded at Ypres he was sent home to recuperate and eventually returned and was involved in the Gallipoli campaign. He died of his wounds after being captured by the Turks.
He was buried in the Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 4th May 2015 at 11:06 PM

Dear Kathleen,
No individual service record has survived for Harry Jennings so it is not possible to state his service. An Army medal rolls index-card recorded he first served overseas from 11th December 1914 with the Essex Regiment with the number 3/1018. That number had been allocated to recruits by the depot battalion of the Essex Regiment with the pre-fix 3, so he was a recruit on enlistment and not yet a member of the Territorial Force. The Army medal rolls themselves showed he first qualified for overseas service as a private with the 2nd Battalion the Essex Regiment. The 2nd Essex had been in France since 28th August 1914 serving in the 12th Infantry Brigade in the 4th Division. Therefore he would have been part of a draft of reinforcements to the 2nd Battalion, arriving in France on 11th December 1914.
In May 1915, during The Second Battle of Ypres, he was entered on the casualty lists which were published by his local newspaper, The Essex Newsman, on Saturday 12th June 1915 showing he was among a group of thirty soldiers from 2nd Essex:- under the date May 19 - suffering from gas poisoning (é Local World Limited; courtesy of The British Library Board via The British Newspaper Archive).
The war diary of the 2nd Essex can be downloaded (ã3.30) from:
Harry later recovered and was posted, from an unknown date, to the 5th Battalion Essex Regiment (Territorial) as a Lance-corporal with the regimental number 4321. That number was changed to 251389 very early in 1917 when all Territorial Force soldiers were re-numbered to tidy-up what had become a cumbersome system. The 5th Battalion Essex Regiment had sailed from Devonport in July 1915 and had landed at Suvla Bay on 12th August 1915. They remained at Gallipoli until 4th December 1915 when they sailed, via the island of Lemnos, to Alexandria in Egypt where they landed on 17th December 1915 and moved to Sidi Bishr, Alexandria, serving with the 161st Infantry Brigade in the 54th (East Anglian) Division. They spent some weeks there before moving on to the canal defences in No 1 Southern section of the Suez Canal from 16th April 1916.
They then prepared for the advance into Palestine where the 54th Division fought against the Ottoman Army at The First Battle of Gaza (26th â�" 27th March 1917); The Second Battle of Gaza (17th â�" 19th April 1917) and The Third Battle of Gaza (27th October -7th November 1917).
The Army register of soldiers� effects recorded Lance-corporal Harry Jennings died between 1st and 31st October 1917; wounded and missing Prisoner of War, Nigde, Turkey.
Nigde is in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey a long way from Gaza.
The CWGC recorded L/Cpl H. Jennings 251389 died on 31st October 1917. He was buried at Nigde Cemetery in Asia Minor in a grave which was exhumed after the war and re-buried at Baghdad War Cemetery.
The 5th Battalion Essex Regiment war diaries are not yet available from the National Archives website, although they can be seen on the ancestry.co.uk website (subscription required). There�s a link at the bottom of the blog at:
His death certificate might have included details from the Red Cross or might say simply that he died on active service. It can be ordered from the General Register Office online (ã9.25) as an Overseas Event. It is Harry Jennings, 251389 Essex Regiment, Year 1917; GRO War Deaths Army Other Ranks (1914 to 1921); volume I.66; page 265.
Some prisoner records are held by the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and can be searched online, by entering the surname. The results can be scrolled by regiment from the word Jenning, on the left of the page, but I have not found an entry for Harry Jennings. See:
Harry Jennings qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Kathleen Honeyman
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 12:08 PM

Dear Alan
Thank you so much for all the information, it was very helpful.
Would it be possible to obtain copies of his medals and a copy of his death certificate?
I also wondered what the computer type symbols are.
I will send a donation to the British Royal Legion.
Thanks again
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 12:24 PM

Dear Kathleen,
The computer symbols are errors for the apostrophe and the pound-sign.
His death certificate can be ordered as suggested in the reply above from this website:
You cannot purchase replacements medals. You can purchase replicas. See the questions at:
Kind regards,
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 5th May 2015 at 1:05 PM

You can copy and paste the website links into your internet browser
Reply from: Kathleen Honeyman
Date: Wednesday 6th May 2015 at 10:58 AM

Thanks again for your kind response.
My sister and I will use your information to acquire a copy death certificate and replica medals and she has sent a donation to the Royal British Legion.

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