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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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  • Nick Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Keith, There is another record on Ancestry that gives these details:
    Edwin H Sweetman in the U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939:

    https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61174&h=3877660&ssrc=pt&tid=108547107&pid=430095078822&usePUB=true

    This gives his Rank as Private, his Service Number as 2052309 and his Corps as Company "L" 339th Infantry. It also gives his departure date as 22 Jul 1918 on the Harrisburg.

    Is that sufficient to create a record for him?

    Nick

  • Keith_H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Nick,

    The big challenge for researching men of the AEF is that their service records were destroyed in a fire on 12 July 1973, so it's a similar issue for the BEF and the 1940 fire.

    The draft registration card does not tell the reader whether or not he served, and the same is true of the WW2 draft registration cards.

    As a bare minimum, there needs to be an official source stating service number, rank and unit. These are not met by the draft card. There are some excellent records for men who resided in New York, unfortunately these seem to be unique, as not every other state in the US was compiling anything as detailed as this.

    If you are able to provide more detailed information, then please do get back in touch. Ancestry appears to be superior to FMP for US Army related records.

    Kind regards
    Keith
    IWM Volunteer

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