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  1. Deane VAD and full time nurses from Nayland Suffolk

    Suffolk Red Cross nurses, sisters of a young man on War Memorials, served throughout WW1. All are listed in official records, some have awards. Home address Longwood, Nayland
    Phylis Deane, Ampton Hall Bury St Edmunds in 1915.

    Eileen Deane: various between 1915 - 1919 including Ampton Hall Bury St Edmunds, later St. Thomas' Hospital London. Hons. 2WS bars.

    Mary Deane: matron East Suffolk and Ipswich Hosp. Decorated by ing at Buckingham Palace Oct. 1 1917.

    Monica Mary, 1917 and 1918 at Woodhouse Home Hospital, Great Horkesley, Essex.

    I have a Community for Nayland-with-Wissington and would like to include them. There…

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    • Mrs Violet Walsh, Red Cross volunteer from Nayland

      Mrs. Walsh of Stourbank Nayland Suffolk was a volunteer at Woodhouse Home Hospital, Gt Horkesley, Essex. She also volunteered at at hospital canteen in London. Red Cross card records.

      I would like to add all relevant VADs to Nayland-with-Wissington community

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      • Please add the following life stories

        I come from a strong naval family and my great grandfather and a number of his relatives who were career naval men are missing from the website. I know from their naval records that they served in the First World War. Please would you add:
        Richard William Jenkins Ship’s Steward/VCPO 173774
        Harry John Barber Yeoman of Signals 176966
        Stephen Francis 1st Writer 173267
        Albert Edward Lovegrove PO 125721

        The following two were seemingly pensioned off and rejoined at the beginning of the war:
        John Thomas Francis 112659
        Thomas Henry Hugman 118705

        Also two of my husband’s relatives for whom I…

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        • Lt Thomas Percival Anderson - believed missing from Lives

          I started adding details for the above man to a record I found on Lives which already had some info and photos of him:

          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/53251

          However I am concerned that this is not the right man, as he is named as Thomas Anderson and was first a Sergeant in the Northumberland Hussars.

          Lt. Thomas Percival Anderson is this man:

          http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1115297?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/61457

          Or on Find My Past https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=GBM/WO339/0017902

          These records show him with his full name, Thomas Percival Anderson. He was an artist (not sure if that was his 'job' in the war) and was awarded an MBE after the war in…

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          • Alfred Grundy

            I thing there are 2 records for the same person? Alfred Grundy dob 10/10/1884 one of which states Air Force (RAF/RFC) the information I have on my Great Grandfathers youngest brother is dob 10/10/1884 migrated to Canada from England and was in the Royal Flying Core and the Canadian Expeditionary Force so I think maybe both these records relate to him. I would like to remember him and add information but want to check first. Thank you.

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            • Harold Ernest Barder 1883-1937 was a Major in the volunteer forces.

              He was Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion North-West London Imperial Service Cadets

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              • Bernard Collett 1879-1951 served in the Royal Naval Reserve 1914-1919 in HMS Dufferin and HMS Northbrook

                Please create life story for B Collett, a Paymaster Lieutenant in November 1918.

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                  • Air Mechanic 2nd Class William Edward Davis Duplication

                    These two are the same man. The reason for starting with the RAF record was because it matched a CWGC record. Thanks

                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6524950

                    and

                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6235899

                    Thanks again

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                      • Private P.C. Hughes Army Service Corps S4/173878

                        Died 12/7/1916 aged 19. Son of Charles Sanders Hughes and Annie Hughes, of 86, Green Street, Hereford.

                        https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4017143/hughes,-/

                        His grave is at Camberwell Old Cemetery. Found 11/7/2018

                        Thanks

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                          • Bessie Marshall, VAD of Nayland

                            Bessie Marshall of Bulmer Farm, Nayland, 1915 onwards, including Ampton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. Awards 4 WS Bars blue strip. In Red Cross records.

                            I would like to add all relevant VADs to Nayland-with-Wissington Community.

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                            • Driver Henry Gibbings Royal Garrison Artillery L1478

                              Enlisted Camberwell Town Hall 23/10/1915 Declared age 20 occupation Carman. Seems to have survived the War but may have been a Civilian Casualty in World War 2 on the 24/6/1944. I have checked the CWGC. - no World War 1 record but there is one for World War 2.
                              There are British Army Service Papers.
                              https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fwo363-4%2f7384696%2f27%2f732

                              CWGC Record
                              https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3138560/gibbings,-henry/

                              Thanks

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                              • Create profile for Arthur Parritt, sub-lieutenant RNVR

                                Based on http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7721985 or gazette of his commissioning here https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30282/page/9463 - he had previous service as an RNVR rating which I'll attach later, and most oddly a few days RGA service in 1902 during which he was convicted in the civilian courts of drunken and riotous behaviour in Portsmouth, opted to pay a fine rather than go to jail, and then deserted. An interesting distant cousin to come across!

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                                • Percy Berrycloth/ Percy Berrycloath RFA service number 1560

                                  These are the same man.

                                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/320265

                                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/320264

                                  There is a third Life Story which is also him - the Medal Index Card on Ancestry says see Berry, Horace.

                                  I started with P Berrycloth because of a CWGC record. I found the Medal Index Card on Ancestry which made it clear his first name was Percy. There is a Birth Registration. Thanks very much

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                                  • Oswald Paget Revely

                                    1 Service record and 1 RN Officers medal roll record but no seed record as far as I can see

                                    https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2frno%2f23831

                                    https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fadm196%2f24896%2f1

                                    Many thanks
                                    Andrew Lloyd

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                                        • John Frederick Howard 930 Duplication

                                          I started with John F Howard as this had the CWGC record linked by the Imperial War Museum. They are the same man - same first name, last name, regiment and service number. I think there might be two Medal Index Cards which has caused the duplication.
                                          This is the Life Story I started with.
                                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1980187

                                          and this is also John Howard London Regiment service number 930.

                                          Thanks very much.
                                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1979963

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