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  1. 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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    • 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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      • Help with two suspected pages for Sydney Webster

        There are two pages, both for a soldier of the Leics Regt. and same service no., but one is for Sidney Webster
        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4681232

        and the other is for Charles Sydney Webster
        https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4678685

        This soldier died and has a cwgc record (unhelpfully only listed as "S Webster) at https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/379559/webster,-/

        I checked both of the medal index cards at Ancestry (free to view), as follows, and both cards have the same discharge date, leading me to believe they are both the same man.

        https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/medalrolls/?name=_webster&f-F8007A65=240833&f-F8007A65_x=1

        I have hunted census records and found this family in Market Harborough in 1911, York in 1901. On…

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        • Ordinary Seaman Herbert Dexter Dalley

          Ordinary Seaman Herbert Dexter Dalley (or H.D. Dalley) who is my grandfather enlisted in the Royal Navy in October 1918.
          His entry is in the National Roll of the Great War. Please would you create a Life Story for him?

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          • Sapper Henry Thomas Dalley

            Sapper Henry Thomas Dalley (or H.T. Dalley) is my Great Uncle and is recorded in the National Roll of the Great War but does not appear in the Lives of the First World War. Born 1897 or 1898.
            Joined the Royal Engineers in February 1917. Please would you create a Life Story for him?

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            • Horace Leeves

              I'm hoping you can help with this dichotomy. I was contacted by a relative of Horace E Leeves and I quote, "This is the record of my great, great uncle, which I believe has originated from you. He did not die in the Great War but went on to become a Major, serving in WW2 and died in 1972. He did have a namesake which is where the confusion has arisen."
              There is a life story for Horace Edgar Leeves, 905370, link:
              https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2355341
              This soldier died 15/12/1917 in Mesopotamia, link:
              https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fwwisd%2f0399330
              but I can find no CWGC record for him. …

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                • Albert Englefield

                  Born 1895, served in The Hampshire Reg, 1st/9th Batt, #353, Cyclist. Died at home, buried in St Andrews Church, Sherborne St John. C.W.G.C

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                  • Two pages for Private 200739 Harry Smith, Northants Regt

                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4106240

                    and

                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4106234

                    Interestingly both seeded from MIC, but upon checking for originals on Ancestry there is only one card.

                    Once merged, he is going in my Desborough community and in Vince Stuart's Gaza community (this note is as my aide memoire!)

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                            • Please add COULL, John WSA1873 (Po)

                              Please add COULL, John. Skipper RNR, WSA1873 (Po)
                              d. 22 June 1916
                              https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2876291/coull,-john/

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                              • Please add Midshipman William Richard SOWDEN

                                Please add Midshipman William Richard SOWDEN
                                d. 5 June 1916 HMS "Hampshire"

                                CWGC:
                                https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3038580/sowden,-william-richard/

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                                  • Charles Lewis or Louis Shields has two pages

                                    Different spellings of middle name, and with the same birthdate, otherwise I believe the same man

                                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6877261

                                    and

                                    https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6634130

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                                    • John James Bryce

                                      Lance Corporal
                                      BRYCE, JOHN JAMES

                                      Service Number 1810

                                      Died 28/06/1915

                                      Aged 20

                                      "B" Coy. 7th Bn.
                                      Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

                                      Son of John and Hughina Bryce, of 127, Minard Rd., Crossmyloof, Glasgow.

                                      https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/696449/BRYCE,%20JOHN%20JAMES

                                      Further details at https://www.pollokshieldschurch.org.uk/the-church/history/ww1-further-details/index-to-the-book-of-remembrance-ww1-a-f.php#JackBryce

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                                        • Please merge all three records re ` Writer *290 ' as all relate to the same man.

                                          Frank Thomas Bloomfield Writer, service number STK/290, joined the 10th (Stockbrokers) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers as a Private. It appears that by the time of his death he had been promoted to Lance Corporal. His entry in `Soldiers died in the great war' details him as a Private, however his Military Medal index card gives his rank as Lance Corporal. The medal was gazetted in late 1916. Frank died in July 1916.

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