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Posted by: Kevin Macdermot {Email left}
Location: Dubai
Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 12:49 PM
So, I noticed after posting my last mail that many emails had gone unanswered and checked back to see if I'd missed something since I was last on.
I note that Allan has now retired from this forum to go on to do something else. If anybody can help on the below message (relating to Patrick Donaghy of the Munster Fusiliers) that would be great.
In the meantime, best of luck to everyone researching their family / community histories and to Allan, whatever he's up to.

Posted by: Kevin {Email left}
Location: Dubai
Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 12:42 PM
Allan, you have previously been of great help to me and I'm wondering if you can help me again. I'm trying to find the history of an Irish soldier who died of his wounds at the Military Hospital, Oswestry in 1919. No actual cause of death seems to be recorded and I'm having trouble finding much information on him. The details I have are:
Patrick Donaghy; Private ('4289'), 8th Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers
Died on 7th March 1919, aged 22
Location/Cause of Death: Died at Military Hospital, Oswestry (Cause not recorded)
Memorial Type: CWGC
Family & Address Details: Son of Owen and Mary Donaghy of Lettermuck, Ballyarton, Cumber-Claudy, County Derry.
As ever, thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this.
Posted by: James Shiner {Email left}
Location: St Neots
Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 9:14 PM
Hi guys.

My grandmother passed away recently and we found her father's war medals in her house. I wondered if anyone could help me find some more information about him?

The information on his 1914-1915 Medal Roll is as follows:

GNR. J.E. Jordan (Joseph Jordan I believe)
R.F.A (Royal Field Artillery?)

I know he received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, but beyond that I know nothing about him, which is a big shame.

Any advice on finding further information would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by: Colin Edis {Email left}
Location: Nottingham
Date: Saturday 10th June 2017 at 5:49 AM
My grandfather , Private Arthur Edis 42145 served in the Sherwood Foresters during part of the Somme offensive in 1916.
He was eventually invalided out for "ceasing to reach army medical requirements" and I have a picture of him at Rainhill hospital.
I cant find out the nature of his wounds/ailments...any ideas how I could find out?
Posted by: Noor {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 4:47 AM
Hi Alan
was hoping you can help me also with my great grand father also here's what I know about him would really like it if you had any pictures of him his Regimental numbers where
14111 r.s.f.Ayrshire
3039 r.s.f.Ayrshire
For Thomas Conlan
1882/3-17/9/1917 he was born in Salford ,Lancashire , but also he moved to Scotland about 1910 about as this was where my grandfather was born.
please anything would be great
thank you for taking time to help
thank you Noor
Reply from: Jacky
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 10:40 AM

According to Soldiers died, he was born in Burnley and enlisted in Glasgow. When he died, he was a Lance Corporal with 11th Bn Royal Scots. He earned the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Soldiers died says he died of wounds, but Soldiers' Effects says he died in action in Belgium. His war gratuity payment of £13/10 was paid to his widow, Hannah. This amount would suggest he had probably served for about 2 years and three months. If you have access to, you will be able to read the relevant war diary there:

I'm sure you get a more complete reply from someone with more knowledge ;)
Reply from: Noor
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 12:29 PM

Thank you so much Jacky Iam with Ancestry so yes I will check it out thanks again
Posted by: Noor {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 4:33 AM
Hi Allan,
Just came across this site can you help me find anything more about my Great Uncle John McDonald Regimental number was 167075,rank he was a Gunner ,I know he was killed in action , died in France and Flanders ,Enlistment place was Glasgow ,death date 1 April 1918.
Is there anything else you can tell me about him?
thank you Noor
Reply from: Jacky
Date: Monday 5th June 2017 at 10:21 AM

According to his medal index card, he was in Royal Field Artillery, and earned the standard British War Medal and Victory Medal. He didn't enter the field of war before the end of 1915, so didn't get the 1914-15 Star. According to Soldiers' Effects, he was entitled to £6/10 war gratuity, so had probably served about 1 year and 3 months. His gratuity and pay earned was sent to his widow, Frances. He served in B/190 Brigade. If you could access the brigade diary you could probably find out more about the circumstances of his death. I'm sure there will be more knowledgeable people who will be able to give you a more complete reply.
Posted by: Jacky {No contact email}
Location: Uk
Date: Sunday 4th June 2017 at 12:41 PM
I wonder if someone might be able to help me out with a query about service numbers, please?
I'm researching a man in the 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment.
Have his medal index card, award rolls, soldiers died and soldiers effects documents. Sadly his service records, like so many, are lost. I'm trying to work out when he might have enlisted. Usually the amount of war gratuity paid helps, but this man has such a low service number, I'm wondering if he might have been in the army before the war.
1st West Yorks was a Bn of the regular army.
I've looked for men with nearby numbers who earned the SWB, but not getting any close matches in the right Bn. I know the Territorials numbering was reorganised in 1908ish, but didn't think this affected the regular army.
Please does anyone have any bright ideas how I could reasonably estimate enlistment for a man with the number 864 1st Bn West Yorks Regt. Many thanks - any suggestions will be really appreciated.
Posted by: Expatpom {Email left}
Location: Auckland Nz
Date: Saturday 20th May 2017 at 1:22 AM
I am researching my Fathers WW1 service and the medals that were awarded (including the MM
and Bar) whilst serving with the 1st Bn E.Lancs Regt .

My research would indicate that the information I am looking for is most likely contained in this document:
"WO 95/3061 1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment 1918 Mar. - 1919 May."

If there is anyone who has access to this document I would be most grateful if they could contact me.

Posted by: Denise Mosey {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Thursday 18th May 2017 at 7:15 PM
Can anyone give me any info on a Edward Alexander Hart Capt in North Staffordshire Reg, 7th Battalion died Basra Panel 34, born 24 Dec 1874, joined army age 14. Died 9 April 1916. Any info greatly appreciated.
Reply from: Expatpom
Date: Saturday 20th May 2017 at 2:10 AM

If you have not already located his medal card I can supply it for you. (it is interesting!!)
Reply from: Dee
Date: Monday 22nd May 2017 at 5:02 PM

I am doing this for a friend and she would be very interested. He is her great grandfather. She is trying to find name of his wife for some time., with no luck. I have copy of his will but it would appear she was deceased at his death, as his will was in trust for his two children, his son being my friends father.
Regards Dee
Posted by: Neil Hardisty {No contact email}
Location: Scarborough
Date: Wednesday 10th May 2017 at 5:40 PM
Can anyone tell me what company my Great Uncle was in? His name was Henry Woodcock and he served as a serjgent in 2nd Battalion K.O.S.B his service number was 11755 he was K.I.A on May 13th at Arras.
Reply from: Queenie
Date: Monday 4th September 2017 at 3:27 PM

Hi Neil
I found quite a bit on Henry Woodcock on Ancestry. If you would like me to look for any information, please do you know his date of birth, if he married, what area he lived or was born in etc, and I will gladly look for you.

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