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    • thomas willam blyth

      Private
      BLYTH, THOMAS WILLIAM
      Service Number G/18686
      Died 17/08/1916, Aged 16
      2nd Bn.
      Middlesex Regiment
      Son of Daniel Blyth, of 27, Washington St., St. Leonard's St., Bow, London.
      On dud corner Loos cemetery memorial and was my Great Uncle

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      • John William Perkins Birth Date 1888 Service No. 888935 (I think). His ancestry page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/313

        John William Perkins Birth Date 1888 Service No. 888935 (I think). His ancestry page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/313. He served on SS India and Teutonic. He was a Merchant Navy. The three men on the website that have that name in Merchant Navy are born in wrong years (1869, 1900, and 1901).

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          • Please create life story for George William Scoble 1873-1953

            My great-grandfather George William Scoble joined the Royal Marine Engineers on 5 June 1918, and was demobilised 6 March 1919. His service number was RME/4982/S.

            The source of this information is a file at the National Archives at Kew, reference ADM 337/117/82, RNVR Officer's Service Records. His record for the British War Medal is available on FindMyPast, with the National Archives reference ADM 171/170/571.

            While I appreciate that this service was low-key, my great-grandfather was 43 when he joined up and had a baby daughter at the time. He simply wanted to "do his bit for the War".

            I would…

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            • Frederick Biggs Royal Engineers Railway Troop service no. 209892 rose to Sgt. 1915-1919.

              This soldier Frederick Biggs had three brothers Joseph, Thomas, Richard who also served, and a cousin percy, none of them appear in Lives yet, but I have found two of brothers are in regimental records on this site..
              Joseph Ernest RAMC enlisted 1915, Thomas Alfred RAMC enlisted
              1914. All were born in Nayland, Suffolk.

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                • Possible duplicated Life Stories

                  With reference to the MIC transcription there appears to be a duplicated record for Leslie Arthur ADDISON
                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6743492
                  https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/198041

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                  • Merge records for Edward Patrick Duffield RAF

                    Duffield began his service in the ranks of the RAF https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6800559 and was later commissioned https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6845495 - please merge the two records.

                    No strong feelings as to which should be primary.

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                      • Assistant Surgeon Lusitania

                        Dr Joseph Garry, 25, was Lusitania‘s assistant surgeon, who worked with Dr. James McDermott. An Irish national and British subject, Garry was lost in the Lusitania disaster.
                        http://www.rmslusitania.info/people/deck/joseph-garry/

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                        • Please add Robert Cope, Machine Gun Corps, #185894

                          My husband's great uncle was Robert Cope, born 1898 in Cheshire. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps 29 January 1916 and was mobilised on 7 August 1918. This information comes from his service record available on FindMyPast. His service number was 185894. I can provide screen shots of the service record if required. His permanent (family) address was Rope Hall, Nantwich. I note that he only ever served at home, so this may explain why there is no Medal Index Card for him.

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                          • Richard Osborne Biggs. 4th Bt. Essex Regiment, enlisted August 1914

                            Regimental details for WW1 are included on his service record for RAF lasting several years starting in 1920 after 18 months as a civilian. RAF service no. 404114. Please set up a life story as he is not included yet.

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                            • Nurse Jessie L Morton

                              Jessie Morton's VAD Card has details of her service as a Nurse from Jan 04 1915 to Nov 11 1918. Her home address being 'Waverley" West Byfleet. The hospitals and dates she worked there are clearly listed. Would she be eligible for addition to IWM Lives?

                              https://vad.redcross.org.uk/Card?sname=morton&page=6&id=155923&forwards=true

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                              • Please create life story for Oliver William Bowdler

                                Oliver William Bowdler 1883-1953 was my great-grandfather. He served in the Gloucestershire Regiment as a Private, service number 17909. This information comes from a pension record held by the Western Front Association, a copy of which can be supplied for proof if needed. This includes a discharge date of 16 June 1916, along with dates of medicals and changes to the amount of pension paid out. Given his age, medical history and the lack of a Medal Index Card record I have assumed he didn't serve in a theatre of war.

                                The birth certificate of Oliver's son, born in 1915,…

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                                • A lucky yellowbelly: Thomas William Waite (1892-1974)

                                  Lucky: survived seemingly unscathed

                                  Enlisted on 25 May 1915 at Grimsby as a gunner, demobbed 15 May 1919 as a BDR from Unit C/153 BDE, R.F.A.
                                  Married twice, four children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter, before his death in 1974

                                  Yellowbelly - he was born and bred in Lincolnshire

                                  Service number: records show two numbers: 1777 crossed out on attestation document and replaced by 801227 (Regimental Number)

                                  Regiment: 2/1st North Midland Brigade R.F.A. Royal Field Artillery
                                  Series Description: WO 363 – First World War Service Records ‘Burnt Documents’

                                  Evidence: links Thomas William Waite
                                  https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBM/WO363-4/7309250/49/965

                                  https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record?id=GBM%2FWO363-4%2F007309250%2F00965&parentid=GBM%2FWO363-4%2F7309250%2F49%2F965

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                                    • Driver Sheonath 17646 RFA

                                      Driver
                                      SHEONATH
                                      Service Number 17646

                                      Died 19/06/1918

                                      52nd Div. Ammunition Col.
                                      Royal Field Artillery

                                      https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/119567/

                                      Thanks very much. We shall remember them!

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                                      • Rifleman Jita Chauhan Service Number 1804

                                        Died 15/05/1915. Neuve Chapelle Memorial.

                                        https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1447574/

                                        Thanks very much.

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                                        • Jita LK/480 attached 2nd, Battalion Norfolk Regiment

                                          Follower
                                          JITA
                                          Service Number LK/480

                                          Died 23/07/1917

                                          Followers Central Depot

                                          attd. 2nd Bn.
                                          Norfolk Regiment

                                          https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1720170/

                                          https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fcwgccasualiwm%2f921496

                                          Thanks very much.

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