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  1. Lives to Merge Please

    These men have duplicate or triplicate lives. Normally due to 14/15 star on a seperate MIC from BWM/VM or else they received a decoration.
    All are Royal Garrison Artillery

    Bailey 27065 keep 5173917, merge 132026
    Bowman 2160 keep 442942, merge 442945
    Butterfield 28772 keep 4977024, merge 5180802 ,merge 686553
    Channing 14017 keep 5182479 merge 771281
    Cooper 35669 keep 947147, merge 5199540

    Thankyou- more to follow in same vein

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    • Kasturba Mohandas Gandhi

      "volunteered as an auxiliary hospital worker". "In 1914-15, Kasturba Gandhi worked in Indian Army hospitals - on England's southern coast - set up for some 16,000 Indian soldiers who had been wounded in France and Belgium." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-46148207

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasturba_Gandhi

      Thanks a lot.

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      • Tidying up Chalford war memorial community, failed to find:

        https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?firstName=Sidney&lastName=Gubbins&serviceNumber=290425&war=1&exactDate=27-03-1917
        https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?firstName=Walter&lastName=Hunt&war=1&exactDate=27-03-1918

        also James Wilfred Ollerenshaw, died 5/10/1915 while training. Buried in family grave in France Congregational church yard. Recently acknowledged as 'brought in from the cold'. Service number PS/8283.

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        • Add William John Trethewey

          Born 7 Nov 1892 (or 1891 in GRO) in St Austell, Cornwall, worked in US. US WW1 draft card - Exemption claimed - on physical grounds
          The US Passenger transport lists show that he served with Company "A"- 34th Engineers as a Private (1st class) Engineer. He travelled on the 'Euripides' New York to Liverpool, England 16 Aug 1918 (destination Romsey) and the return voyage was on the 'Texan' from Brest, France to Norfolk, Virginia 24 July 1919. The address for his wife Ida was given as Cornwall, England and also 139 Wing Ave, Meaderville, Butte, Montana.
          His naturalisation application…

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          • Major Dalpat Singh Shekhawat, MC Jodhpur Lancers

            Killed in action 23rd September 1918. Can't find CWGC Record or Gazette - all I have is a news article dated September 27th 2017.
            https://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/world-war-1-the-role-of-princely-states-and-punjab/story-Bl2kP1d8ZBwAnDYOXvo8JJ.html

            "The Jodhpur Lancers’ commander, Major Dalpat Singh Shekhawat, who was killed in the battle, was posthumously awarded the Military Cross. Even today, the 61st Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army commemorates the battle as Haifa Day on September 23 every year."

            Thanks very much.

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            • Albert Edward Reeves

              2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) Albert Edward Reeves served with the Royal Defence Corps. I've not found a gazette entry for his commission or other official evidence, but he is pictured in uniform here https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1249614 and https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/rw1916_b.pdf#page=115 states he was then (September 1916) serving with No 256 Protection Company at Poundbury Camp, Dorchester. His obit https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/rw1935.pdf#page=236 states he was later promoted to captain, and in earlier years had had 12 years service with the Berkshire Volunteers.

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                  • Please add Pte Joseph Trethewey of South African Defence Force

                    I cannot find an entry for Joseph Trethewey (born Feb 1880, died 4 Oct 1918) who served with the 2nd Bn. Kimberley Regt from 16 Oct 1914 to demob on 13 Aug 1915. Info from South African Forces service file. Private number 610. He was awarded 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory medals.He served in German SW Africa campaign 5.10.1914 to 13.8.1915

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                    • Please create a Life Story for Edwin Henry Sweetman

                      I understand from the page "Who is included in Lives of the First World War?" that individuals from Britain and Commonwealth countries who served with other nations are eligible. As far as I can tell there is no Life Story for Edwin Henry Sweetman, who was a British citizen, born in Mountain Ash, Wales, and who served with the US Army. His WW1 Draft Registration Card is at: https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=USM/WWIDR/1685673503

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                        • Please Merge

                          Acting Bombardier Joseph J Francis as primary
                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2539950
                          with
                          Gunner /Lance Bombardier J J Francis duplicate
                          https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5233432
                          Additional MIC created for award of TFE medal

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                          • Lieut. Henry William Victor Loveland

                            Hello. I am unable to locate the record for Lieut. Henry William Victor Loveland. He was in 78 Battalion Canadian Army, then attached to the Royal Flying Corp in January 1917, shot down and killed in France April 2nd 1917 aged 30 years. Born Winchester Hampshire.
                            There is a record (originally duplicate) for a William Henry Loveland of RFC but he is too young (as well as difference in name).
                            Thanks for any help you can provide. Michael.

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                                • Please merge two life stories for William G Whiffin

                                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4717175
                                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4717144
                                  Both cards are for the same surname number, rank and regiment. Initials also agree, though reversed.
                                  The details also tie in with silver war badge roll (on Ancestryt) for William Gaius Whiffin.
                                  I have other details to add once they have been merged

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                                      • Lance Corporal Benjamin John Deed

                                        Lance Corporal Benjamin John Deed Service # 13047 appears in the CWG list but has not been created as a Life Story. Might he be added.

                                        He appears on our war memorial.

                                        Thanks,
                                        Fr Neil

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                                        • Please merge the following 19 references, otherwise they will only be dupicates or triplicates

                                          1 Serjeant A Cruttenden #22776 Royal Garrison Artillery – Serjeant Reginald A Cruttenden #22776 Royal Garrison Artillery
                                          2 Private Alfred Cruttenden #493222 Royal Army Medical Corps – Private Alfred Cruttenden #493222 Royal Army Medical Corps
                                          3 Private Charles Cruttenden #12036 12th Hampshire Regiment – Private Charles Cruttenden #12036 Hampshire Regiment
                                          4 Warrant Officer Class 2 Edgar Cruttenden #T/12062 3rd Company 4th Division Training Army Service Corps – Company Serjeant Major E Cruttenden #T/12062 Army Service Corps
                                          5 Battery Serjeant Major Harold James Cruttenden #906045 - Royal Field Artillery - Warrant Officer Class 2 Harold J Cruttenden Warrant Officer Class 2…

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