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  1. The sad legacy of WW1, long after 1918, on soldiers and their families

    I would like to add my father's account of how his father, William Garrett, never recovered from the horrors of the Western Front and commited suicide after years of what would now be recognised as Post Truamatic Stress Syndrome. My father, a journalist, wrote about this period in detail, including the terrible discovery of his father's body, at a time when suicide was illegal. My father also described his own decision to join the RAFin 1939 before he got his call-up papers because he never forgave the Army for what happened to his father. I've found two William Garretts but…

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    • Private Bertram Breeze, #3465, 9th King's Liverpool Regiment

      I've already uncovered a Life Story that needs adding!

      I have a relative, Bertram Breeze, born in 1894 and died in 1915, but he didn't appear on the medal index cards so I had to do a bit of digging.

      He appears on the CWGC data as Private Bertram Breeze, service number 3465, serving with the 9th King's Liverpool Regiment: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/75227999/BREEZE,%20BERTRAM

      Based on that information I found his service records, which included address details and family information which make it clear this is definitely the Bertram Breeze I was looking for (of 98 Beacon Road, Everton) and definitely the same…

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      • Edwin Palmer, born Witcher, in 1864, died aboard HMS Queen Mary at jutland

        Edwin was serving as an officers' cook/steward aboard HMS queen Mary, when she was sunk in 1916. He was born Edwin Witcher, at Funtleyphotos, Fareham in 1864, the illegitimate son of Sarah Ann Ford and Edward Witcher who never married, but had three sons together, the eldest of whom died very young. His father, Edward, died when Edwin was a young child, leaving Sarah Ann with two young sons. She married James Palmer and together they brought up the two boys and had two more children together: Edwin chose to take his stepfather's name and kept it throughout his life. …

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        • My Grandfather George Hill RMB 595

          Name: George Hill Date of Birth: 21st January 1887 Place of Birth: London, England Occupation: Royal Marine Musician. {Clarinet and Saxophone} Date of Death: 8th March 1980 aged 93 years old. He grew up in London orphanage and enlisted in Gosport in 1904 claiming to be born in March 1886 making him 18 when he was in fact only 17.. He served continuously from then until Sept 1920. Among his service record it is noted that during 1914 to 1918 he served on HMS IRON DUKE march 1914 until May 1918 so was at the Battle of Jutland. His last…

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          • When will we be able to load individuals who do not have a Medal Card?

            My grandfather was in the Army (I have photos) and also the Royal Flying Corp. I have been unable to locate a Medal Card and because of this I cannot 'Remember' him.

            He does appear on the Royal Air Force Muster records and I have just recently located records for him, under the RAF, in the National Archive.

            I am, of course, disappointed that I cannot 'Remember' him and with the site being launced on 12 May would like to know when I will be able to do so?

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            • John meek from east end of london

              Born about 1897 married abt 1917 to (ethel mary mitchell 1893-1977) died about 1937.
              Served on hms Minotaur & stoker on Invincible. Have photos of john & mess on Minotaur. I think he helped escort convoys of australian troops to middle east & was at battle of Jutland though no causaulties on his ship. Sons arthur 1923-90 jackie 1925-25 george 1927-67 raymond (ken) 1927-67 service no might be Ss6258 but not sure on this

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              • Stoker James Loveless 5900(S) born 07/08/1895 died 31/05/1916 killed in action serving on HMS Warspite at Battle of Jutland

                Died age 20 years. Remembered at Queensferry Cemetery. Son of William and Mary Loveless of 1 Broom Cottages, Ferryhill, Co Durham.

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                • Staff Nurse, Sarah Ann Boyd - Territorial Force Nursing Service

                  Sarah Ann Boyd, prior to joining the Territorial Force Nursing Service, left England with her brothers (where all had been born) and began homesteading in Saskatchewan Canada. The 1916 census indicates that they immigrated in 1914.

                  She returned to England and joined for duty 17 April 1917. She was assigned to the 2nd Western General Hospital as a staff nurse.

                  Her file from The National Archives, WO399/9948, provides proof of her service. It also shows that she was obliged to resign 19 March 1918 as one of her brothers had died and she was needed on the farm. (Another of…

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                  • William Henry Cecil Thomas, Private in Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

                    He is my Great Uncle Cecil. Killed on the Somme Aug 16, 1916. No known grave. On the memorial at Thiepval. Ran a sweet shop and newsagent with his wife Elsie in Torquay. Married one year when he died. No kids. His brother, Reginald, survived the trenches but Reg's favourite son Roy (Major Leslie Roy Thomas - my Uncle) was killed at Arnhem in 1944 aged 23. Recently married. No kids.

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                    • Major and Hon Lieutenant Colonel F V Adams

                      He is recorded as the Medical Officer for 5th Scottish Rifles who arrived in France on 5th November 1914. He is recorded in the war diary for the battalion as returning home sick on 28th December 1914.

                      If he did not return he would not have been recorded in any other way.

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                      • William Morrison Stewart

                        William Morrison Stewart
                        William was born on 23 December 1886 in the townland of Ballyness in the parish of Dungiven in the County of Londonderry to a farmer, George Stewart and his wife Margaret Morrison. He was the eldest of ten children, five boys and five girls. William was baptised in Scriggan Presbyterian Church in January 1887. This church stood about half a mile south of Bovevagh Presbyterian Church but the congregation was dissolved in 1905 and the building was demolished. The Stewarts elected to become members of Dungiven Presbyterian Church.
                        William attended Drumneechy National School in 1891 until 1900…

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                        • Joseph Morgan Richey RAMC

                          J M Richey was my great uncle. Born in Cork in 1873, the 1911 census shows him as a general medical practitioner in Rhondda, Pontypridd. The gazette shows he was commissioned as a Lt. in the RAMC 14 August 1915. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29291/supplement/9053
                          We believe he served on the hospital ship HMHS Formosa. He survived the war, married in 1920 in Pontypridd and died in 1921.

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                          • William John Curtis Private - No 2124 - 2nd battalion Monmouthshire Regiment

                            William is an example of a working class Welshman who, aged 18 sought the adventure of war being one of the first to go to France. He escaped from being a coal hewer in a mine. His father was the publican of the Plasycoed Hotel, Pontnewynydd, Cwmffrwdoer Pontypool. His mother had died when he was 14. As an 'old contemptible' he eventually qualified for the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

                            A month before war was declared William joined the Territorial Army with the 2nd Battalion The Monmouthshire Regiment. The regiment spent a short time in…

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                              • Sepoy Baghi Shah, Service #435, 127th Baluchis

                                He was my grandfather who served in the British Indian Army during 1914-19. He died in 1972 and was buried in his hometown, Tirah, in Khyber Agency, Pakistan. He belonged to the Afridi tribe, sub-clan Adamkhel.

                                The only evidence of his service that the family has got are two medals that were conferred upon him during WW1. He fought against the German army on the French and Belgian fronts. A bullet had hit him on the neck, but he survived and was treated in a London hospital.

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                                • Can I report a duplicate entry please? Arnold Worsley Holttum 2001

                                  There is also an Arnold Welesly Holttum 2001 in addition to the correctly transcribed Arnold Worsley Holttum 2001 (to which I have added information. When time permits perhaps these could be merged?

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                                    Acting Corp. Walter James Cole s/n 25718 Royal garrison Art.
                                    d.27/10/1917

                                    many thanks

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                                    • Is this the correct page -

                                      Am looking for Frank Austen Gunner Royal Garrison s/n 160103 d.25/03/1918
                                      this page https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/103568 has been connected with C.W.G.C. papers for s/n160103.

                                      Thank you

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                                        Private Reginald Charles Freeman s/n 10/330 d.01/01/1916

                                        east Yorkshire 14th Bat.

                                        many thanks

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