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  1. Mary Ethel Viscountess Harcourt, GBE nee Burns

    Maybe an Anglo-American family but I hope she qualifies as this looks interesting: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205380481

    Mary, Viscountess Harcourt, was appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John and then Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 1918; she died 7 January 1961. (Wikipedia)

    Thanks for considering her.

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    • Could a record be created for Lieut William Sutherland Munro?

      Could a record be created for Lieut William Sutherland Munro? See his brother, James Munro's Australian service record page 12: http://soda.naa.gov.au/record/7987837/12 where William is given as his next of kin and whose address changes to Fraser's Hill camp where William is training new recruits. See also https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/uploadedFiles/moretonbay/living/libraries/anzac/munro-family.pdf "The Munro Family of Burpengary".

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      • Joseph Victor ELLIOTT

        Joseph Victor ELLIOTT 9306 Serjeant. Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry, Death date 18 Aug 1916,Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
        http://www.cwgc.org?find-war-dead/casualty/753240.
        Does not seem to be on Lives of the First World War. Please can he be added?

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        • Norman KELLY Private 3424 on lives of WW1

          • Norman Kelly Private 3424, 14th (County of London) Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment.
          • Killed in action 12th October 1915. Aged 30.
          • Enlisted London, resident Forest Gate.
          • Born 13th June 1884 at Portsmouth
          • Baptised at Saltash 3rd April 1891. Father John William mother Emily.
          • Fathers occupation Warrant Officer Carpenter R.N.
          • In the 1891 Census age 6 living with widowed mother at 2, Brunel Terrace Saltash.

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          • Benjamin Crapp THORN

            Please can: Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919 Transcription

            First name(s) Benjamin Crapp
            Last name Thorn
            Service number 480494
            Rank Private
            Regiment Labour Corps
            Battalion -
            Birth place Saltash, Cornwall
            Residence Saltash
            Enlistment place Liskeard
            Death year 1918
            Death day 27
            Death month 10
            Cause of death Died
            Death place Home
            Theatre of war Home
            Supplementary Notes FORMERLY 40489, R.W. SURREY REGT.
            Category Armed forces & conflict
            Subcategory First World War
            Collections from United Kingdom, Overseas / Unknown
            Soldiers Died in the Great War database © Naval and Military Press Ltd 2010
            Remembered with Honour St. Stephen's-by-Saltash Churchyard;
            be…

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            • James Bassett TRETHEWEY

              Please can: James Bassett TRETHEWEY, 280723. Clerk 3rd Class, RAF. Who died 05 November 1918. Age 42. Susband of Emily L. A. Trethewey of Dunheved, St. Stephens Rd, Saltash. Remembered with Honour Calstock Cemetery; be added to Lives of the First World War?

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              • Albert Edward CHIVERS

                Sorry - can't find Albert Edward Chivers on Lives of the First World War. I have tried very hard.

                First name(s)
                Albert Edward
                Last name
                Chivers
                Year
                1914-20
                Service number
                PLY/6874
                Rank
                Private
                Unit or regiment
                Hms "carysfort"
                Service branch
                Royal Marine Light Infantry
                Medals
                1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals
                How issued
                Widow
                Death year
                1917
                Death day
                13
                Death month
                12
                Cause of death
                Drowned
                Remarks
                I.C.2217/1917
                Medal type
                Royal Marines Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920
                The National Archives reference ADM 171
                167/472
                Record set
                Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
                Category
                Armed forces &…

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                • Please add Edwin Harry Elsom, who served in 7th. Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Service no. G/24552

                  Please add Private Edwin Harry Elsom, who served in 7th. Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Service no. G/24552. I have his photograph and details of his family and army career and death in action at Poelcappelle on 12th. October 1917.

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                  • Edward John Nicholson

                    Sorry can’t find Edward John NICHOLSON on ‘Lives of the First World War’.
                    Edward John NICHOLSON. Stoker 2nd Class. K/28406, H.M.S. "Defence.", Royal Navy died on 31 May 1916 Age 21
                    He was the son of Edward John and Selina Nicholson, of 2, Culver Rd., Saltash, Cornwall.
                    Born Saltash 09 June 1895.
                    His name is on the Borough of Saltash and St. Nicholas & St. Faith Church War Memorials.

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                    • Benjamin SAMBELLS

                      Sorry but I can’t find Benjamin SAMBELLS on ‘Lives of the First World War’.
                      Benjamin SAMBELLS, DSM. Engine Room Artificer 1st Class, 269327 (Dev).
                      Born 24 Feb 1872 in Launceston.
                      Died in Action 21 Aug 1917, (on ‘Q’ ship) HMS Vala.
                      His name is on Saltash Borough War Memorial and St. Nicholas & St. Faith Church, Saltash and on a family memorial in St. Stephens-by-Saltash Churchyard
                      He was the son of the late Mr W and Mrs C Sambells of Sandleford, Saltash.

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                      • 114776 Pte. John Skillen - Royal Flying Corps

                        Compulsorily transferred to No.1 Aeroplane Supply Depot from 6th./7th. battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers - 04/10/1917 -
                        (Miscellaneous Labourer)

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                        • Duplication Kate Evelyn Luard

                          There is a duplicate somewhere - it's disappeared from the screen so I can't say anymore. I can't spell so I had to ask my wife to help.

                          This is the original, I think.
                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5386864

                          Thanks

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                          • James Pedraza Stephen

                            This person does not seem to have a record created for him. He has a CWGC record: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/540857/STEPHEN,%20JAMES%20PEDRAZA
                            and another record which comes up when I search for records on your database.
                            I got to this point when following up some information on this page, sent to me by Serge Comini (président de l’association Abbaye de Beaupré Étude et Sauvegarde du Site) relating to another matter.
                            I have added to the life stories of the other two pilots mentioned, but cannot find a life story for "Jimmy" Stephen.

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                            • I'm awfully sorry but I have found another duplication

                              Prince George Louis Victor Henry Sergius Of Battenberg

                              https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6888852

                              and Captain George Louis Victor Henry Sergius Mountbatten

                              https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6896171

                              The first life story looks like the original, and the second the duplication, but may I suggest that as the name change to Mountbatten was in 1917 the name should be improved to Mountbatten with Battenberg as a previous surname. This is quite relevant as somewhere there should be a lifestory for Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten who was a Midshipman on HMS Lion in 1916. I will check for him now - Thanks a million.

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                                • Please Merge

                                  Pte. 11368 Richard Kay Shropshire L I has 2 pages on Lives, both with this reference
                                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2206854
                                  One is for Kings Shropshire LI the other just Shropshire L I. Which one should I add my information to?
                                  Cynthia Budd

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                                    • Can I suggest the inclusion of Cyril Robertson Bertram

                                      Cyril Bertram Robertson was kia 18.06.1916 but not included presently on Lives. He served in the King Edwards Horse before joining the RFC.
                                      http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/897864/BERTRAM,%20CYRIL%20ROBERTSON

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                                      • Can I suggest the merging of 2 records for Edward William Hermon?

                                        There are two records for the same person which would benefit from merger the only difference is that one includes an additional initial but it is clear from research that there appears to be no justification for it so I have updated information on https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5183722

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                                        • Triplicated Entry - John Henry Barbour

                                          Barbour enlisted in the Rifle Brigade as S/10297 when under age. He was discharged in Dec 1915. In Apr 1917 he enlisted as 1030641 in the CEF at Fredericston NB, mentioning his previous Rifle Brigade service. In 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal as 1030641 Pte Barbour in the Quebec Regiment. Each of these is shown as a separate life on lives and these should be merged:
                                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/175958
                                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5003269
                                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5558290
                                          All the best
                                          Gordon

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