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  1. 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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    • Please could these life stories be created

      Please could these life stories be created. I have been looking at the WO 363/364 records on FindMyPast and discovered that the following men do not appear to have Life Stories on LotFWW:

      Alfred William Wellsman Service numbers 282441 Labour Corps and 4888London Regiment (Attestation Papers refer to him being in both units)
      Fred Wellsman Service number 2535 Coldstream Guards
      G Wellsman Service number 7602 Royal Sussex Regiment
      William Welsman Service number T/424031 Royal Army Service Corps
      William Ernest Welsman Service number 7092; 1st, 2nd Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment, and 7th Battalion Essex Regiment
      Eber Henry Willsman Service number 622412 Royal…

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      • Capt Godfrey Love RAMC (T) 4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln

        Mentioned in following document regarding the accident to B.E. 2E. AL.3868. resulting in the death of 2/Lt T. W. Bartle. Australian Flying Corps. on 16th June 1917 :

        https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/awm-media/collection/RCDIG1064382/document/5651888.PDF

        within:

        https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1479947

        Regards and thanks

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        • Volunteer Worker Cicely Frances Smith-Dorrien-Smith

          I've checked the surname variations for this lady - please could you create a new Life Story for her? Born 4/11/1882, died 15/4/1915 at 10th Base Hospital, Rouen, from bronchitis and pneumonia. Buried St Nicholas Church, Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Absent from CWGC website, maybe because of the nature of her as yet unknown voluntary work.

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          • Please mark as duplicate

            Please mark Private F Short https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4021171 as a duplicate. He is the same man as Corporal Charles Frederick Short https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4020970 for whom I have already added evidence.
            Both lives are shown as #7530 The King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
            Many thanks, Jane

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                • Private Albert Edward Hooper

                  Albert Edward Hooper died on 16th March 1919 and is buried in Tewkesbury Cemetery, Gloucestershire with a CWGC headstone. No Life Story has been created, almost certainly because he does not appear to have served abroad and did not, therefore, qualify for any medals. Nevertheless, it seems that he does meet the criteria as defined elsewhere on this site. Would appreciate your advices.

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                  • New life story: Rev Noel Aldridge, Army Chaplain

                    Hello, is it possible to add a new life story for this gentleman please. He served in the German S. W. African campaign, and is featured in this memorial book https://issuu.com/birkenheadschool/docs/ww1_memorial_book
                    Thanks

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                    • Flying Officer Noel Butler Hemsley Duplication

                      Flying Officer Noel Butler Hemsley

                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6854223

                      and Noel Hemsley

                      https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6787703

                      are the same man. The Bedford address in the service papers matches as does the place of birth Manchester, Lancashire.

                      Thanks very much.

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                      • Please can you start a new page for George William Glover

                        Found on the cwgc and only served at home before dying of pneumonia one week after enlistment

                        https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/390442/glover,-george-william/

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                          • A new page for Percy Buckby please

                            I've been transcribing stories from a monthly local publication that has been reproducing stories from 100 years ago about local soldiers. From the week of 24th May 1918 there is the following story:

                            TERRITORIAL MISSING
                            News has come to hand from the War Office
                            to the parents of Pte. Percy Bugby, Northants
                            Regt., of Federation Avenue, Desborough, that
                            he has been posted as missing since the early
                            part of April. Pte. Bugby is only about 19
                            years of age, and was in the Territorials before
                            the war. He was sent out to France when only
                            17 years of age, but…

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                            • Please mark Horace Ruffitt as a duplicate

                              Please mark the following life story as a duplicate:
                              Horace Ruffitt https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3852729

                              I have just discovered him, and he is the same person as
                              Horace Ruffett https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3852696
                              to whose life I have already added info. Both are shown with Service Numbers #1854 Herts Regt and #265169 Beds Regt, ending their service as a Captain in the London Regt. There is confusion between Corporal and WO2 in the Herts & the Beds Rgts but I am sure it is the same man and the spelling generally used by his family was Ruffett.
                              Thank you, Jane

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                              • Hugh Boyson

                                Please create Hugh Alexander Boyson (Born 1894) served from 1914-18 War in the Hussar and was commissioned during the war. Hugh Boyson was my grandfather and I have original war letters to his family throughout the war. He was discharged after being hit by shell in the last 6 months of the war.

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                                • L/12113 Lance Cpl William Morgan, 2nd B at, Middlesex reg't. Killed 04/01/1915

                                  buried in Rue-Petillon Military cemetery, Fleurbaix, France

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                                  • Thomas Millner Sapcote

                                    Thomas Millner Sapcote, Ordinary Telegraphist, RNVR

                                    Here is his RNVR Other Ranks record:

                                    https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/record?id=gbm%2fadm171%2f056241

                                    Many thanks
                                    Andrew Lloyd

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                                    • New Life Story: Second Lieutenant Howard Arthur Pickford 21st Bn., Manchester Regiment who died on 14 July 1916

                                      Remembered with Honour
                                      Thiepval Memorial

                                      Listed on CWGC Database

                                      Born 25/11/1897 Brondesbury, Middx

                                      Needs to have Life Story!

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                                        • Please Merge

                                          Private H Burrows, 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, #457
                                          and
                                          Private Herbert Charles Burrows, Middlesex Regiment, #457

                                          Thank you
                                          J. Hyslop

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