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  1. Claude Luetchford

    My father Claude Luetchford served in the Surrey Yeomanry and the 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment.

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    • Triple merge required for Frederick Augustus Holden

      Frederick Augustus Holden began his career in the RMLI in 1905 https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6927642 for a short time he transferred to RN as a ship's corporal, https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6451791 with a view to becoming a master at arms, but went back to RMLI. However, he subsequently transferred to the RAF (as a disciplinarian) (after being loaned to RNAS) on its formation in 1918, and saw out the rest of his total of 23 years 111 days service in the RAF. I suggesting merging into this final RAF record.

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      • Albert Edward Victor Bowen, Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters), No. 22446

        Served on the home front so didn't qualify for medals. Information from service record: WO364; Piece: 318

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        • Private John Ruthven, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Plymouth Division, PLY/7623, listed in Royal Marine Medal Rolls

          Born: Dover 2 April 1876
          Died: Redruth 1963
          Enlisted: Glasgow 20 June 1895
          Demobilized: 10 Feb 1919

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          • L/Cpl Colin McRae, service number S7097 Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 2nd Bn . Colin Died 7 jan 1916 Persian Gulf .

            this man is my husbands G granddad there is not a lot of info on him but we know he died in the first worl war

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            • Emerson Lake & Palmer Spitfire "Hardest Day" Video Promo

              Hey,

              I work with the management of Keith Emerson and British Rock Group Emerson, Lake & Palmer. We wanted to contact (blog name) because we would like to share a video they have created with you.

              The video tells the story of Keith Emerson visiting the famous Biggin Hill the day before the 75th anniversary of the ‘Hardest Day’ to co-pilot a Spitfire airplane. This video includes Keith’s recording of Abaddon’s Bolero and the premier of his new composition Beyond The Stars, which together provide the soundtrack of his Finest Hour.

              Please find the link to the video below.

              https://youtu.be/q13ZsnQA9TU

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              • Eric Lyall, born 10/8/1895. Service No 393164, Labour Corps with a record on the National Archives website.

                An Actor by profession, he featured in a series of Patriotic Post Cards which we have in the family possession.

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                • Richard Smallman.

                  My Gt uncle, Richard (Dick) Smallman. Regt No: L/11876. 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Died 14/9/1914. His name appears on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre memorial. His mother Mrs M. Smallman applied for the Mons Star 14/3/1919.

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                  • Robert Henry clemmet

                    Robert Henry Clemmet

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                    • Ladies Auxiliary

                      My aunt was in the Ladies Auxiliary and was killed. She gave her life for her country but because she was not in the military she is not as easy to look up as a 'soldier' might be. I was fortunate to get many pictures from the military and from her home town and posted them on Find a Grave.

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                      • Silas Holford

                        Royal Navy, Service #J12075

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                        • Frank Herbert Sims

                          546245 served with the 112th Sanitary Section, RAMC. Died in Sicily 1919

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                          • James Alfred Aspinall

                            Served with B.B.S. under Sir. Frances Vane 1907-1910
                            Loyal Nor.Lancs, Bolton 1910-11
                            Canada,CDN garrison Artillery Montreal,Siege Batt.1911-14
                            Canadian Grenadier Guards(overseas 1915-17
                            Gazetted on the Field, June 1917
                            Transfered to R.F.C att. to R.N.A.S., HMS Eastchurch 1917-19
                            Trans to Ministry of Munitions of War,Air Arm 1 1919-20
                            Canadian Machine Gun Corps "Verdun Unit" 1920-24
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                            27th Field Battery,R.C.Artillery 1942, Canadian Army
                            When to old for active service he joined the Corps of imperial Frontiesmen, Lorettville Quebec,Canada as the Unit Adjutant
                            Orginal Documents,ie R.F.C and CDN Artillary Commission's,Photo's and the entire groupe of documents dealing with the Frontiersmen. I have donated to…

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                            • James Temple Philpot

                              Enlisted Kensington NSW Australia,Regimental Number1084

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                              • Bartholomew Deasy

                                Horse regiment / medals

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                                • Private JohnStead

                                  Leeds Rifles (West Yorkshire). He was my Great Uncle, shot by a sniper while on duty just before he was due to go on leave home. He was 19 when he died. He was unmarried. I have his death penny inherited from my Grandma who inherited it from her Mother. I remember that every November it would come out and a poppy would be slotted into the frame my Great Grandparents had had made for it.

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                                  • 278760 Herbert Thomas Reeves

                                    I am in possession of the British War Medal for the above who married my paternal Grandmother. Herbert was a Leading Stoker during WW1 and the record of his medal can be found on Ancestry's UK, Naval Medal & Award Rolls, 1793-1972.

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                                      • Thomas Dixon (1893-1917) Royal Marine Light Infantry PO/15990

                                        Uncle: Enrolled, age 17y 7m., 29th May 1911. Assigned to RMLI 2nd Portsmouth Division. Embarqued HMS Hindustan October 1912 sent to blockade Montenegro during 1st Balkan War. Returned to UK Febuary 1913 when ship used to reinforce Channel Fleet.

                                        Was part of Churchill's Little Army, landed in France and then sent to Belgium in 1914 to help defend Antwerp. Returned to England for further training and in May 1915 sent to the Dardanelles - Gallipoli where, now part of the Royal Naval Brigade, his battalion was landed in support of the ANZACs during the Gallipoli campaign He was evacuated January…

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                                        • Wulstan Thomas WORKMAN, born Gloucestershire 1881

                                          You might like to see if you can add this man. He was born Thomas Percy Workman, into a Catholic family in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, an older brother of Guy Workman (q.v.). Around 1905 he emigrated to North America, first the U.S., then Canada, and became a Catholic priest. At some stage in his career he must have taken the name Wulstan, not sure when. (Another brother, Herbert Francis Workman, became Hyacinth when he too entered the religious life!) His Attestation dated 15/1/1915 for the Canadian Expeditionary Force is in the name of Captain. Rev. Father W. Workman. He evidently became…

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