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  1. Gunner Alfred Barton, my father, Service Number L1526, Regiment 41st D.A.C., R.F.A., enlisted at Finsbury Barracks on 26th October 1915.

    He took part in the Army Boxing Championships and reached the final in his weight category when he fought against the famous Bombardier Wells who beat him. I believe this took place in 1915.
    I would to know if any records of this are available.
    As a gunner he was wounded four times and hospitalised in England.
    On one occasion he was buried alive for two days. I have his Soldiers Small Book with traces of his blood on it.
    He served as a firefighter for Odhams Press during WW2 and lived to the age of nearly 80 with a…

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    • Serjeant Edmund George Marin Morris Born 7/04/1895 Died in action in France 16/06/1917

      He joined up in New Zealand, I don't know when or why he went there. His service no was 8/765 and he was with the 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment nzef. He is on the 1911 census as 15 years old and an Errand Boy, living in Chelsea London. He was my fathers half brother they shared the same father. I have located him in NZ records of War Deaths and have asked for details as access is restricted, I am also trying to get both birth and Death certificates for him from the Uk. I do have a picture of…

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      • Joseph Morgan Richey RAMC

        J M Richey was my great uncle. Born in Cork in 1873, the 1911 census shows him as a general medical practitioner in Rhondda, Pontypridd. The gazette shows he was commissioned as a Lt. in the RAMC 14 August 1915. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29291/supplement/9053
        We believe he served on the hospital ship HMHS Formosa. He survived the war, married in 1920 in Pontypridd and died in 1921.

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        • William Morrison Stewart

          William Morrison Stewart
          William was born on 23 December 1886 in the townland of Ballyness in the parish of Dungiven in the County of Londonderry to a farmer, George Stewart and his wife Margaret Morrison. He was the eldest of ten children, five boys and five girls. William was baptised in Scriggan Presbyterian Church in January 1887. This church stood about half a mile south of Bovevagh Presbyterian Church but the congregation was dissolved in 1905 and the building was demolished. The Stewarts elected to become members of Dungiven Presbyterian Church.
          William attended Drumneechy National School in 1891 until 1900…

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          • Edith Francis, VAD

            Edith Francis, my maternal great aunt, was Matron of Bishop Auckland Hospital, County Durham, at the outbreak of WWI. When it became clear that further hospitals would be needed for the huge numbers of casualties being shipped back to Britain, many of the Big Houses were given over to become Hospitals, amongst which was the home of the Eden family at nearby Windlestone Hall, Rushyford. She was given the job of being Matron of this facility as well, and my mother could remember as a young girl, going from their vicarage home at Shildon to the hospital with her siblings…

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            • Frederick Sydney Leech, my paternal grandfather

              He tried to join up but was rejected due to his severe varicose veins, but as he came from a family of timber importers based in Preston Docks, he managed to join his Uncle Robert Robinson & Son's firm of civil engineers as a timber expert, and was sent to the Wimereaux area of France to build underground hospitals, defences and support facilities. I have photograph of him on the slopes of a man-made "hill" in the centre of a large group of workers, probably mostly miners and artisans, all frozen in a pose for the photographer. I know nothing…

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              • 3936, Private Victor Albert Schueremans, Machine Gun Corps.

                We have in the family a small bronze hand bell inscribed; "Brought home by Pte V A Schueremans, No 3936, Machine Gun Corps, after 8 months captivity in Germany, November, 1918. Souvenir of the village of Ley, Lorraine.", so he must have been captured during the final German Spring Offensive of 1918. The story he told his family was that he and his unit had just finished preparing breakfast when their trench was overrun and they were all either casualties or captured. Whilst they were marched away to captivity, their captors ate their breakfast ! Victor never really recovered from…

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                • 2816 Sapper Edward James Mullins RE. Not on your data base yet I hold his medal card. Awarded Victory, British War and 1914 Star.

                  Born 8 Sep 1881 Longford Ireland. B.cert held. 1891.1901 Census held. Served with 59th Company Royal Engineers in Bloemfontein 1902. 15th Fortress Company Gibralter. Converted 15th Company to 15th Field Company attached to BEF 1914. Shot by a sniper on Wednesday 18 Aug 1915 whilst undertaking revetting duties in VC Avenue (trench lines) Bac St Maur North of Aubers. Unit Diary held. Died Saturday 21 August 1915 whilst being casevac. Buried in Bolougne Eastern Cemetery. Death Certificate and CWCG Letter held. Various media also held.

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                        • Dr. Hamilton Brown Lord Henderson, my grandfather, Medical Dr., RAMC, 1914 1918.

                          Born Leeds, 1889. Father - Dr. R. W. Henderson. Posted to the 5th / 6th Scotts.

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                          • Lt. / Capt Arthur Fox, MC, Shropshire Light Infantry, killed in action 1917. Born 6th of June, 1896. My great uncle. Father - Edward A Fox

                            Dr. Hamilton Brown Lord Henderson, my grandfather, was a Dr. when enlisted, Officer in the RAMC - 1914 - 1918. Victory medal received. Posted to 5th and 6th Scots. Born - Leeds, 1889. Father - Dr. R. W. Henderson.

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                            • Henry John Sheridan Barron

                              Acting Able Seaman in the RNVR in the First Benbow Battalion (BENBOW005) Service Number London 7/3350 awarded the 1914-15 Star Victory Medal, British War Medal. A number of Kitchener P/301 also appears and his forces war record is number 3835114. He fought in the defense of Antwerp and was taken with the few surviving by Colonel Henderson over the border to Groningen in Holland. They were interred in the English Camp (Timbertown) for the duration of the War. He is shown in the records of the Benbow Battalion but his surname may be recorded as Barrow and a book has…

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                                • Ernest Hodgkiss Royal Marines Light Infantry & Army Labour Corps

                                  Ernest Hodgkiss was born in Aston Birmingham in June 1900, he was conscripted into the RMLI in June 1918, but as he was still in training when the war ended he was released from service. However, in 1919 he enlisted in the Army Labour Corps, and served in Flanders retrieving bodies and then helping to rebury them in what are now the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions cemeterys

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                                  • My Grandmother, as well as working in a linen room in a hospital, was a member of The Beanos, a concert party.

                                    The Beanos were a troupe of 8 young women who entertained the wounded in hospitals in and around London, Oxford and Reading. By April 11th 1916 they had done 50 performances and produced a commemorative scrapbook to celebrate their achievements. This contains quotes of praise from such as Lords Cowdray and Killanin, managers of various YMCAs and a number of Tommies. Founded by Ena Grossmith, the daughter of George Grossmith, the British actor, theatre producer and manager, director, playwright and songwriter, who himself attended a grand Concert at a Reading Theatre in aid of the Soldiers and sailors free buffet…

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                                    • George Henry Markham Corporal 9790 West Yorkshire Regiment Died 24/07/1917 on forceswarrecords so why not here?

                                      Please add my uncle. He was 22 when he died. His parents were James and Elizabeth Markham of 37 Monier Road, Bow London. He was a labourer at a match factory on the 1911 census.

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                                      • Pte Alfred ThomasRolfe 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

                                        My great uncle ALFRED THOMAS ROLFE 1st Battalion Oxforshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Military No. 8171 enlisted 5th December 1914. Killed in action 30th November 1916 Mesopotamia. War graves index Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery II. Victory medal, British War Medal, Star. Born Beaconsfield Bucks 1887.

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                                        • Unable to find -Jack Lindsay - Born 24.05.1897 & Died 30.08.1972 - Military Cross Nov. 1916

                                          I have prepared a booklet for our family which is in pdf and am happy to share on this site. It includes some typed up letters & post cards Jack wrote from the trenches & as a prisoner of war between the ages of 18 & 20 years during his active duty in World War 1 between 1916 & 1918. The correspondence was written to my grandmother, his teenage sister Helen. I have also included her school diary entries of this time, as a 15 to 17 year old. Helen's diaries cover this same period 1916-1918; document Jacks visits home,…

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