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Posted by: Ann Bedwell {Email left}
Location: Ipswich
Date: Sunday 8th June 2014 at 1:13 PM
Hello Alan
I am researching Francis Roberts born 1906 in Greenock and who died in WW2. I have found a death in Alexandria 31 May 1941. Service number 878453, 7 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery.
I am hoping this is my Francis. His parents were James and Lena.
Is there any way to find if this is the correct man and what happened to him
Thank you
Regards Ann
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 8th June 2014 at 6:19 PM

Dear Ann,
Service records for soldiers who served in the Second World War are not in the public domain. You would need to know from family sources his regiment and regimental number before searching. The Ministry of Defence holds Second World War service records which are protected under the Data Protection Act. The MoD will release certain amounts of information about a deceased person depending on whether you are next of kin or not. You can apply using the forms for next of kin, or with permission of next of kin, or as a general enquirer. See:
https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records
You will need proof of death; date of birth or service number; next of kin's permission (unless you are the direct next of kin); a cheque and completed Application forms Part 1 and 2: If you are not next-of-kin you can make a general enquiry using both the "Request for Service personnel details: general enquirer's form (v6) (DOC)" and then the Part 2 form which is entitled "Request for Service personnel details: British Army part 2 (DOC)". 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.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Ann Bedwell
Date: Monday 9th June 2014 at 7:09 AM

Dear Alan
Thank you for your prompt reply. You have been most helpful
Regards Ann

Posted by: Aud {No contact email}
Location: Colchester
Date: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 5:30 AM
Dear Alan,

Re our Great Uncle Serjeant John Toole , Waterford, 2108 109th battalion RGA.
Died 28th Jan 1917 , buried at St. Sever, Rouen.

We have only recently discovered that he had in fact died in the Great War and not returned, as subsequent generations of his family have been led to believe.
My mother, his great niece, on learning of this, has decided to make the journey to St Sever at the end of this month to pay homage.
We would appreciate any information regarding his Army career.

Many Thanks ,
Aud
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 3:19 PM

Dear Aud,
No individual service record has survived for Sergeant John Toole so it is not possible to state his military service. "Soldiers Died in the Great War" (HMSO 1921), stated he "died" on 28th January 1917. The expression "died" (as opposed to "killed in action" or "died of wounds") meant his death was caused by other than military action, such as illness or accident. He was buried at St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen which was the base of numerous hospitals. The CWGC Says: "They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross and one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever. In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension, where the last burial took place in April 1920."
When he died, Sgt Toole was serving with the 109th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. The Battery was formed at Dover in February 1916 and was in France by 8th June 1916. It served with 4th Army on the Somme at Mametz Wood and Fricourt, equipped with 6-inch howitzers. The guns were placed to the rear of the forward lines and were able to fire large-calibre high explosive rounds onto distant targets up to a range of 5.4 miles. The Battery had early casualties with their Major and a number of officers and men being killed by an enemy shell at Fricourt on July 24th 1916.
John Toole qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Aud
Date: Monday 9th June 2014 at 8:11 AM

Thank you so much for your speedy response, Alan.

Posted by: Brian Renshall {Email left}
Location: Rainhill
Date: Friday 6th June 2014 at 5:29 PM
Alan, Could you perhaps supply ay info on an Harold Welsby 6935 Royal Engineers ? He was from Rainhill in what was then Lancashire.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 6th June 2014 at 8:05 PM

Dear Brian,
No individual service record has survived for Harold Welsby so it is not possible to state his wartime service. An Army medal rolls index-card recorded he served with the Royal Engineers with the regimental numbers 6935 and 426250. The latter number was allotted to the 1st West Lancashire Field Company Royal Engineers in the first weeks of 1917 when all Territorial Force soldiers were re-numbered. At the same time, the company lost its regional title and was numbered 419th Field Company RE. The company had been in France since February 1915.
The medal card recorded the highest rank held by Harold was Acting Company Quartermaster Sergeant and 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 not serve abroad until, some date after January 1st 1916.
The 419th Field Company served in the Ypres sector with 4th Division from February 1915. Then, in 1916, they moved to the 55th Division. They moved south where they were engaged at The Battle of Guillemont; The Battle of Ginchy; The Battle of Flers-Courcelette and The Battle of Morval. In October 1916 they returned to the Ypres sector (Third Ypres). In 1918 they fought at the Battle of the Lys and Givenchy (April) and took part in the final advance. The company's locations are shown at:
http://www.reubique.com/419fc.htm
The 55th Division's engagements are shown at:
http://www.1914-1918.net/55div.htm

With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Eleanor Cole {Email left}
Location: Clipstone
Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 12:14 PM
Do you know anything about the military hospital set up at Mount Felix, Walton on Thames Surrey please?
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 2:12 PM

Dear Eleanor,
It was designated the 2nd New Zealand General Hospital. There is a comprehensive history at:
http://ezitis.myzen.co.uk/2nzgh.html

and
http://www.walton-on-thames.org/mountfelix/index.htm

With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Paul Davies {No contact email}
Location: Canada
Date: Monday 2nd June 2014 at 4:48 PM
Good Morning Mr. Greveson - I was wondering, hoping, you could help me with Harold E. Barss His service number was 117128 He served with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards and Best Wishes
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2014 at 12:11 PM

Dear Paul,
Harold E. Barrs enlisted in May 1915 at Calgary and trained as a recruit with the 103rd Regiment Canadian Militia which acted as a wartime recruiting depot in Calgary for the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On June 8th 1915 Harold was posted to, and attested to join, the 12th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles at Calgary for service with the Canadian Overseas Expedition Force (C.E.F.).
Harold, who was single, was aged 29 and ten months when he enlisted. He had been born on 20th July 1885 at the coastal town of Canso, Nova Scotia, the son of Isaac and Lucy Barss. Harold had a ruddy complexion, grey eyes and black hair. He was a Methodist.
The regiment he joined was neither a regiment nor was it mounted. It became a battalion and the men served, dismounted, as infantrymen.
The 12th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles (12th C.M.R.) had been organized in December 1914 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel George Macdonald and was authorized in General Order 36 of 15th March 1915. It was based at Calgary and recruited men from Calgary and Red Deer. The regiment sailed for England from Montreal on 9th October 1915 aboard the "Missanabie", a new twin-screw steamer of the Canadian Pacific Ocean Services. See:
http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/CP1.html#Missanabie

They arrived in England on October 18th 1915 with a strength of 27 Officers and 541 other ranks. The historical record of the 12th Regiment C.M.R. is held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in RG 9 III-D-1, vol.4707, folder 88, file 12. There is no obvious war diary for this regiment and it appears it may have been broken up, because on January 28th 1916 a draft of 306 men was sent to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and the remainder to The Fort Garry Horse at the Canadian Cavalry Depot on 3rd February 1916.
The 2nd Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles had been in France since September 22nd 1915. Its designation changed from "regiment" to "battalion" when the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade was formed on 1st January 1916. Consequently, the unit's title varied between 2nd Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles, 2nd Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles; 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, and 2nd C.M.R..
The CWGC Debt of Honour recorded Sergeant Harold Barss was killed while he was serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. It would be necessary to see his complete service record to establish if he was part of the draft of January 28th 1916. The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are to publish on-line the first batch of service records with surnames A D "in the summer of 2014".
The war diary of 2nd C.M.R. is available online, as is the first and second page of Harold's attestation paper. See "Soldiers of the First World War" and "War Diaries" under "Databases" at:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/Pages/military-heritage.aspx

The Canada War Graves Registers recorded his body was exhumed from a battlefield burial 4 ¾ miles North-north-east of Albert before being buried in Regina Trench Cemetery (Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919 for H E Barss).
The War Graves Registry: Circumstances of Death Records; (RG150, 1992-1993/314, Boxes 39-144); Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario) stated 117128 Sergeant Harold E Barrs of the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles was killed in action on 30th September 1916 and was buried at Regina Trench, Courcelette, 5 ½ miles North-east of Albert, France. It stated: "Exhumed from North-west of Courcelette, 4 ¾ miles North-north-east of Albert, Rank shown on certified report 61-79C as private. Date of casualty not shown on certified report. Necessary action taken to amend report and cross inscription. This non-commissioned officer was killed by enemy shell fire when in the front line trenches in the vicinity of Pozieres. [He was buried in] grave 28, plot 6, row F of Regina Trench Cemetery, Courcelette [Grandcourt])" (Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948). Note the original grave marker was a "cross inscription".
"Regina Trench" was a German earthwork, captured for a time by the 5th Canadian Brigade on 1st October 1916. On the night of September 30th the 2nd C.M.R. had been in Brigade support. The trench was attacked again by the 1st and 3rd Canadian Divisions on 8th October, taken in part by the 18th and 4th Canadian Divisions on 21st October, and finally cleared by the 4th Canadian Division on 11th November 1916. (Enter 50.066332, 2.729255 into Google Earth).

Of Regina Trench Cemetery, the CWGC states that after the war "two considerable groups of scattered graves, classed as cemeteries, were concentrated into Regina Trench Cemetery:- Courcelette Road Cemetery, Miraumont, was on the West side of West Miraumont Road, between Courcelette and Miraumont, and in it were buried soldiers from Canada and from the United Kingdom, who fell in September - November 1916. Miraumont British Cemetery, on the East side of the same road, contained the graves of soldiers from Canada and from the United Kingdom, who fell in September -December 1916."
The war diary of the 2nd C.M.R. is available to read online at

http://data4.collectionscanada.ca/netacgi/nph-brs?s1=2nd+canadian+mounted&s13=&s12=&l=20&s9=RG9&s7=9-52&Sect1=IMAGE&Sect2=THESOFF&Sect4=AND&Sect5=WARDPEN&Sect6=HITOFF&d=FIND&p=1&u=http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/archivianet/02015202_e.html&r=2&f=G

The Canadians' fighting at Mouquet Farm ("Mucky Farm") Courcelette and later at Regina Trench was commended as "a fine performance of which all ranks may be proud. I congratulate you warmly." (D. Haig, Genl, Commander in Chief, September 1916).
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Paul
Date: Saturday 7th June 2014 at 10:44 PM

Mr. Greveson - you are totally amazing - thank you so much
Posted by: Mike {Email left}
Location: London
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 2:35 PM
Hi
I'm trying to find out more on my grand-father's military history. The only information I have is from the Medal Rolls Index card:
Stotter, Frederick E
2/ S Lan. R. Pte 9993
M.G.C. Pte 61457
Award Victory, British and 14 Star
First served in France entered 14.08.14

I do know he fought for the M.G.C. boxing team and lost a fight at Clipstone Camp in June 1918.
If anyone can help with his service record, I'd appreciate it very much.
Thanks
Michael Stotter
Posted by: Bella {No contact email}
Location: Esher
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 12:06 PM
Dear Alan,

Sorry to be a nuisance but have been trying all morning (know that's not long for research) but would have thought it might have been a straight forward trace (am I kidding myself!) so wonder if you can put me out of my misery.

George Gosling born Taunton/Bristol 1847 married to an Eliza Slack born Rotherhithe 1847 who were married 1869.

He died somewhere between 1901 and 1911 Census but can find no trace. Could you help? Would be most grateful.

With kind regards.

Bella
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 6:43 PM

Dear Bella,
A George Henry Gosling was born in Bristol in 1848. His wife Eliza was recorded without her husband in 1901 and 1911. There was a George Gosling, born Bristil 1841, at Pancras Workhouse in 1901. It would be necessary to establish where George was living when he died and then order the death certificates of any likely deaths between 1901 and 1911 of a George Gosling who was born in the 1840s. It is not possible to identify his death from the online GRO indexes.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Bella
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 7:58 PM

Dear Alan,

Many, many thanks.

Bella
Posted by: Tom {Email left}
Location: Hull
Date: Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 2:30 PM
Hello Alan
You have helped me in the past for which I thank you and hope you may be able to do so again.
I have what I believe is my wife's father's service record from WW1. Charles Gill, born 1879 in Sculcoates, Royal Navy 185154. I am trying to trace his death after the war which is proving hopeless as he was divorced from his wife around this time and his location is unknown. His is a very common name and a search through the normal death lists doesn't help. My last hope is, I believe if he received a naval pension, this could be the answer but navigating through the minefield at the National Archives has me baffled. I know he joined the Royal Navy on 25 July 1897 and the final entry on the records I have is July 1917 so he may just have qualified for a pension.
Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.
Thank you
Tom Highams
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 4:54 PM

Dear Tom,
Long service was rewarded with a pension after 20 years' service, although it was possible to sign-on for a further five years' service, retiring after 25 years. Few continuous service Navy pension records have survived.
Some pension case files (only two percent of the total) have survived in PIN 26/ 1 -203 (all ranks, all services) and Navy disability records in PIN 26 16684 17178. These can be search by surname only in the National Archives online catalogue. Other Naval pension records are shown at
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/royal-navy-rating-pension.htm

The record of the award of a pension would not necessarily show the cessation of that award.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Tom
Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 12:09 PM

Thank you for your prompt reply Alan. I will of course check out the records you mention but it does, unfortunately, look like another brick wall. This was of course my wife's grandfather, not father, no matter.
Kind regards
Tom
Posted by: Anne Saunders {Email left}
Location: Hornsea
Date: Monday 26th May 2014 at 1:50 PM
When my elderly cousin died a groupt of medals from various conflicts were passed on to me as the family historian. Among them was a WW1British War medal for a Pte F C Hawkyard (service No 555221) which despite all my efforts I cannot link to our family..
The medal had been in the possession of my cousin's father (John William Peacock (No 44214) who also served in WW1 in KOYLI.
From Pte Hawkyard's medal card it seems that he served in the !6 Lond(on) Rgt and W(est) Rid(ing) Rgt.and was commissioned on 10.9.1918
I am very curious as to how or why the medal ended up with my cousin's father and what caused the transfer of regiments and the late commission. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I also wonder if there is a family out there who are more suitable owners for this medal, I would, of course be happy to pass it on to any bona-fide relation.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 26th May 2014 at 5:28 PM

Dear Anne,
It is not possible to suggest how the medal came into your cousin's father's possession. The medal is one of a pair earned by 2Lt Frederick Charles Hawkyard who qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal by first serving overseas as a rifleman with the Queen's Westminster Rifles, the 16th (County of London) Battalion The London Regiment. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for service overseas before December 31st 1915, he did not serve overseas until some date after January 1st 1916. He had been born in Hornsey, London, in July-September 1885. In 1911, he worked in Keighley, West Yorkshire, as a cloth designer. In 1939 he appeared to have been employed by E.A. Matthews and Co., Eastburn Mills, Keighley. He died at the Purey Cust Nursing Home in York on 1st February 1959.
He would have been commissioned from the ranks after serving a four month period at an officer cadet school. He would have had his name put forward by his commanding officer as a suitable candidate. In mid-1918 the war had become mobile and casualties among officers were disproportionately high. August was gthe third worst month of the war for officers' deaths (Public Schools and the Great War", Anthony Seedon and David Walsh, Pen and sword, 2013, page 177).
Prior to the First World War commissioned officers in the regular army were drawn from the public schools and upper classes. A Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) had to have attained the first class education certificate before he could be considered for a commission. In the regular, peacetime, army, a soldier who had worked his way up through the ranks over 21 years to reach Warrant Officer Class One could be granted an honorary commission as Lieutenant and Quartermaster.
The public schools and Officer Training Corps continued to provide a source of junior officers throughout the war, but the supply could not equal the demand as casualties among the junior officers were disproportionally high. In the first six months of the war, the OTC provided 20,577 junior officers. But the newly raised battalions required far more officers than the OTC could provide and in January 1915 it was decided that NCOs and private soldiers could be recommended for a commission by their commanding officers. These candidates were given a four-week training course before being sent to Young Officer Companies for further training. Then in February 1916 a new system of training was established with a four-month course being run at specialist Officer Cadet Battalions. By July 1917 there were 22 of these officer cadet training schools in the UK to run 16-week condensed instructional courses which provided essential training and inculcated a sense of service, duty and leadership. NCOs and men considered for a commission were passed through these schools before being granted temporary (wartime) commissions. Once commissioned the junior officers did not necessarily return to their previous unit. Officers who had been promoted from the ranks often fared better than the OTC men because they were more worldly-wise and had had experience of battle.
The officer cadet battalions commissioned 73,000 men during the war.
Frederick Hawkyard served as a Second-lieutenant in the West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's). His service record is held at The National Archives at Kew in Catalogue reference
WO 374/31994. See:
http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C702125

He resigned his commission whilst serving with the 6th Battalion West Riding Regiment on 23rd September 1920. See:
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32059/supplement/9432

With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Anne Saunders
Date: Tuesday 27th May 2014 at 7:53 AM

Thank you for such a detailed reply - it explains the connection with my family since my grandmother, my aunt and even my mother (for a short time) worked for A E Matthews Mill in Eastburn where they all lived during and after the war

Just a quick follow up question - since the rank on the medal is Pte and he was commissioned late in the war I can see how the medal may have been issued with the wrong rank - would he have been able to get the medal(s) replaced with the correct rank? Would the army have looked for the return of the "wrong" one?

I will approach the FHS in Keighley and see if there are any descendants or if anyone is interested in having the medal.

In the meantime a donation is on its way to your favorite charity

Anne
Thank you again
Anne
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 27th May 2014 at 1:59 PM

Dear Anne,
Technically, the medal is correctly impressed with Rifleman Hawkyard's regimental details. When the British War Medal and Victory Medals were despatched in the 1920s, the War Office Medals Branch enclosed a note stating: "To avoid unnecessary correspondence, kindly note that the regimental particulars inscribed on the British War and Victory Medals are those held on first disembarkation in a theatre of war. The rank is the highest attained provided it was held overseas in a theatre of war prior to 11.11.18".
When Frederick Charles Hawkyard first went overseas he was a rifleman with the 16th Battalion London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles). His highest rank after he was commissioned was Second-lieutenant, but by then he served in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. While the naming of medals was not consistent, the "regimental details on first disembarkation" for Rifleman Hawkyard are accurate as he did not hold the rank of Second-lieutenant in the London Regiment.
Officers had to apply for their medals and Frederick's medal card recorded he returned form EF/9 on 30.11.23. His medal qualification was included in the R&F medals roll numbered TP16/102B page 69, where R&F stood for Rank and File as opposed to Officers. (The medal roll TP16/102B itself is described as "16th London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) other ranks: medal rolls TP16/102B (Pages 1-73); British War Medal and Victory Medal" in National Archives item reference WO 329/1934).
On the medal index-card a small cross next to the roll number corresponds to the small cross next to Rfn (Rifleman) but additionally marked Pte (Private) indicating the rank to be impressed on the rim of the medals was to be "Pte". The note enclosed with medals continued: "Special note to those who served in Rifle Regiments: 'Rifleman' is not inscribed on war medals, 'Pte' being the correct designation for this rank".
The two medals were ordered with indent voucher x2640 dated 23.1.24 (i.v. x 2640 d/. 23.1.24) and despatched to 2/Lt Hawkyard at 8 Ashleigh Street, Keighley, Yorkshire. Had the medals been returned for alteration, the medal card should have recorded that. The medals would have been despatched together in a small white box and a receipt signature was required and returned to the Medals Branch. It appears that in the intervening years, the two medals became separated.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Anne Saunders
Date: Wednesday 28th May 2014 at 4:16 AM

Thank you so much - as usual a wealth of information I was never likely to unearth I am grateful
Regards
Anne
Posted by: Bella {No contact email}
Location: Esher
Date: Saturday 24th May 2014 at 7:20 PM
,

Dear Alan,

Apologies for not replying to your message to me/from me regarding Jeanette Hakin.

It would appear that the name is Hakim (Muslim name) and I have traced a marriage in 1929 in Liverpool between Jeanette Gascoyne and Abdul Hakim. From the Family Search it shows Military Service 1921-1941, event place United Kingdom. He was born in 1909 but where I don't know. As Liverpool was a port, it's possible he originated from the East Indies eg Burma or the Yemen came to the UK maybe in the navy and stayed.

Any chance you could do a bit of digging? Would be most grateful.

With kind regards.

Bella
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014 at 5:06 PM

Dear Bella,
It would be inappropriate for me to conduct research to find people who are still living.
Birth, marriage and death certificates are public records which may be purchased. It is recognised practice not to discuss on the internet details of people who were born less than a hundred years ago.
Alan
Reply from: Bella
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014 at 6:08 PM

Dear Alan,

Thank you for your comments which are duly noted but Abul Hakim and Jeanette Hakim are dead and it was Mr. Hakim's war records (WW2) I was trying to trace. Is there a way?

With kind regards.

Bella
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014 at 7:16 PM

Dear Bella,
Service records later than 1920 are not in the public domain. They are held by the Ministry of Defence. The MoD will release certain amounts of information about a deceased person depending on whether you are the next-of-kin or not. You can apply using the forms for next of kin, or with permission of next of kin, or as a general enquirer. See:
https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records
You will need proof of death; date of birth or service number; next-of-kin's permission (unless you are the direct next of kin); a cheque and completed Application forms Part 1 and 2: If you are not next-of-kin you can make a general enquiry using both the "Request for Service personnel details: general enquirer's form (v6) (DOC)" and then the Part 2 form which is entitled "Request for Service personnel details: British Army part 2 (DOC)". There are similar forms for the RAF and the Navy.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014 at 7:20 PM

Dear Bella,
Merchant seaman's records after 1917 are held separately. See:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/merchantseamanafter1917.htm
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Bella
Date: Sunday 25th May 2014 at 9:24 PM

Dear Alan,

Many thanks for all information which I shall take on board.

Enjoy bank holiday.

With kind regards.

Bella

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