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      • Please create/unable to locate Capt Andrew Bell Morton, NZ Forces

        Have not located on Discovering ANZACs' or IWM, the only only reference that matches is LG dtd 18 Mar 1919:

        The undermentioned Overseas Candidates
        to be temp. 2nd Lts., Gen. List.:

        8th Mar. 1919

        Bedford Modern School Forces Served lists:

        Capt Andrew Bell Morton, New Zealand Infantry (Staff Capt). Sch period 1899 - 05. Appears on 1901 Census for Bedford, which matches his School dates.

        Your help and consideration is much appreciated.

        Regards,

        Alex

        Andrew Bell Morton

        https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31242/supplement/3735

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        • Clara Deacon - two lives not duplicates. Need to be unmerged.

          Please check - I think that these two are different people with the same name and are not duplicates.

          Commandant Clara Deacon M.B.E. of the British Red Cross

          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4949535

          Sister Clara Deacon of the Australian Army Nursing Service

          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7414042
          https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/records/181769

          They would seem to be in two separate places at the same time so they are not the same person. I would like to follow up on both.

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          • Please create/unable to find Lt Robert Tor Russell, DSO Indian Army

            LG dtd 2 Nov 17:

            INDIAN ARMY RESERVE OF OFFICERS. Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants Dated 10th May, 1917.

            Robert Tor Russell, D.S.O.

            Bedford Modern School Forces Served list:

            2Lt R T Russell, Indian Army (Sch 1902-04)

            Your help is much appreciated.

            Regards,

            Alex

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            • Please create 2Lt J L A Sillem, Bedfordshire Regiment

              LG dtd 24 May 1916 - commission resigned:

              Bedf. R.

              Temp. 2nd Lt. J. L. A. Sillem relinquishes
              his commission. 25 May 1916.

              His School entry:

              2Lt J L A (John Louis Aug) Bedfordshire Regiment (Sch 1899 - 06)

              Your help etc is appreciated.

              Thanks

              Alex

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              • Please create Sgt Wilfrid Osborn, Manchester Regiment

                He is listed on the Bedford Modern School Forces Served list 14 - 18 as Manchester Regt. B. 1892, Attended BMS 1899 - 1908.

                The only evidence I have been able to locate to support this are the 2 Manchester Battalion Photos on the IWM site where he is listed as W.O. Osborn. Links as follows:

                https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fmcb%2f00007207

                https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fmcb%2f00008201

                Your help, as ever is appreciated.

                Regards, Alex

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                • Robert Banks TS/10227 Army Service Corps

                  My grandfather, a farrier/blacksmith, aged 43 enlisted in December 1915 in the mistaken belief that only one member of a family would have to serve in the war. Fortunately both he and his son who subsequently served in the RFC survived. I have photographs to include in his Life Story

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                    • Duplicates

                      Frank White
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323475
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323474
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5127690
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323473

                      James White
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5132978
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323533
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323534

                      Harry Morgan
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1465952
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5392577
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5392578

                      Miles Morgan
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3119750
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5392545

                      J A C Pennycuick
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3471430
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5397115

                      Dennis Henry Maine-Tucker
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2885958
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4504545

                      Harry Epstein
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4980664
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2464646

                      Frederick Clayton
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/848646
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5377040
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5377041
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5377042

                      William Ward
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4621669
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4621675

                      Henry Payton
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3493422
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5397415
                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5193073

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                      • Many duplicates for Lt Col Hugh Cracroft

                        I wanted to add him in and did a search under Cracroft and there are at least 3 duplicate sets for the same person. I would have listed them but its easier to search for Cracroft and you will see what I mean.

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                        • Please create/unable to find Captain H R Alexander Border Regt

                          Medal card not found/located on IWM, Capt H R Alexander is listed against Border Regiment, Royal Engineers, Railway Construction Company, Border R Attd ACC on his medal card visible on www.ancestry.co.uk, link below.

                          He appears on the Bedford Modern School Forces Served 14 - 18 as Capt H R Alexander, Indian Army (Sch 1899-07)

                          https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/1262/30850_A000017-00226/10865151?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.co.uk%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dMedalRolls%26gss%3dsfs28_ms_db%26new%3d1%26rank%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gsfn%3dHen%2520R%26gsfn_x%3d0%26gsln%3dAlexander%26gsln_x%3d1%26MSAV%3d0%26uidh%3d6l1&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

                          Regards,

                          Alex

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                          • Sister Doris Marion Green Dr Bird’s Unit / QAIMNSR (MID, 1916)

                            Born 1889 Colac, Vic – daughter of Ernest Reginald GREEN & Elizabeth Jessie RAE
                            As one of Dr Bird’s surgical team, she sailed from Melbourne 22/10/1914 on board the Orvieto. The other 3 nurses making up this team were Minnie McNab, Muriel Robertson & Adelaide Hartrick – and Elsie Gibson noted in her diary that “we call them the Lady Birds”
                            She was stationed at Mena House, Egypt 22/1/1915 when she joined the QAIMNSR
                            Not finding her in several searches.
                            Thank you very much.

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                            • Possible Duplication

                              Not sure about this but:
                              V.A.D. Mrs Alice Mary Yates https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4973296

                              and Mrs A Barker
                              https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4940878

                              Possible duplication - same service number and units

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                              • Staff Nurse Mary Adelaide Bray

                                Two matching Life Stories.
                                This I think is first with service from 2nd April 1916.
                                https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4943486

                                This seems to come second with service from 1918
                                https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7368804

                                This is where I am getting my information from:
                                http://ww1nurses.gravesecrets.net/br.html

                                Merci mille/ Thanks a million./ Danke schön/ Ta very much.

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                                • Please create 37/1432 Cpl Frederick Arthur Eustace Royal West Kent Regiment

                                  He appears on NZ WW1 Soldiers Transcription as the above, which seems slightly unusual to me.

                                  https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=anz%2fdwilson_nzww1%2f77968

                                  He is also listed as Royal West Kent Regiment 2Lt on the Bedford Modern School Forces Served 124 - 18 List. He was at Bedford Modern School 1899 - 1902.

                                  Your help is much appreciated.

                                  Regards,

                                  Alex

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                                  • Civilian - Leonard Charles RIX - Shorthand Clerk to Mr. O'Beirne.

                                    Shorthand Clerk to Mr. Hugh James O'Beirne of the Foreign Office. Lost on HMS Hampshire 5 June 1916.
                                    http://hmshampshire.org/casualties/lord-kitchener-and-party/

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                                    • Private H.O'Donnell 1393

                                      11th Battalion Australian Infantry.
                                      Died 12th May 1915 aged 16.
                                      Not showing in a search.
                                      Scroll down - just below Black Diggers.
                                      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-25/how-anzac-day-came-to-occupy-sacred-place-in-australias-heart/8470002

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                                      • Duplicates

                                        Paget Betty
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5176404
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5176406
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/326892

                                        Cecil Jefferies
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2589795
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4985264
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5053469

                                        Fred Day
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5228982
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5025188
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5228982

                                        William Reid
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3698414
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5085307

                                        Francis Westland
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323119
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5323120
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5299144

                                        John Walford
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5411776
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5411777
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5411778
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4579428

                                        H P W Hutson
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5186816
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5186817
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2030913

                                        John James
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2089690
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5187669

                                        H J Macnamara
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5190902
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5389034

                                        W Guinan
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5319410
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5204735

                                        Ivo Vesey
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4558532
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5411345
                                        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5411346

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                                        • Please create/not found Pte Harry Laver 4th Bn South African Infantry

                                          Service record:

                                          https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fwo363-4%2f7276706%2f114%2f1179

                                          4 Bn South African Infantry. Missing in Action 30/3/18, listed as POW 6/5/18. Born Transvaal SA.

                                          Your help, as ever is much appreciated.

                                          Regards,

                                          Alex

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