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  1. George W A THORNE, Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, Postman.

    George W A THORNE, Cotherstone Postman - died 1930.
    The Post Office appointment records (Thorn without the 'e') show George starting as a Rural Postman in August 1911.
    His British Army Service Records are currently unavailable.

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    • John William WALKER, Pte 237739, Shoeing Smith, Royal Engineers

      John William WALKER, Postman. Private 237739, Shoeing Smith, Royal Engineers. Born 1879. Husband of Mary Walker (nee Forest), married at Laithkirk, Mickleton, October 1902. Resident Eastwood, Egglestone, Darlington; father of Doris Mary, born 4 October 1903 and Margaret Evelyn, born 8 November 1908. Attested aged 36 years 11 months. Enlisted at Barnard Castle 10 December 1915. Medical examination at Durham 6 October 1912. Mobilised 2 February 1917. Served until 6 February 1919 as a shoeing smith with the Royal Engineers (Signals). Recruited as 237739, Royal Engineers. Training qualifications Certificate of Trade Proficiency 1 May 1917, for Royal Engineers, Signal Depot,…

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      • John Edgar WEARMOUTH Pte 4411, 6th Battalion, D L I.

        John Edgar WEARMOUTH, Newbiggin Postman. Born 1895 (2nd quarter). Son of John Wearmouth (Sub-Postmaster at home address), Newbiggin Post Office, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle. Enlisted aged 20 years 6 months, unmarried. Attested at Bishop Auckland 4 March 1916, allocated as 4411, 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. In France 9. September 1916 to 13. October 1917. Suffered gunshot wounds to his Left side (HB8377). Awarded a disability pension September 1919 and demobilised 28 September 1919. Died 4th quarter 1977.

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        • Spencer Willcox

          I have 2 photographs of spencer from the albums of my father Ralph Leigh Davis (He was 50 when I was born). One is taken in Walton on Naze in January 1918 and the other is a formal one with his signature. These photos are in the Ralph Davis story file at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1138128

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          • Roy BOYNTON, According to the Post Office Appointment Book he was appointed as a Middleton-in-Teesdale Rural Postman in June 1913.

            Roy BOYNTON, According to the Post Office Appointment Book he was appointed as a Middleton-in-Teesdale Rural Postman in June 1913.
            His British Army Service Records are currently unavailable.

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            • Thomas Sowerby BAINBRIDGE, Postman. Private 119437, Royal Army Medical Corps No's 12 & 34 Company Woolwich R.A.M.C.

              Thomas Sowerby BAINBRIDGE, Postman. Private 119437, Royal Army Medical Corps No's 12 & 34 Company Woolwich R.A.M.C.
              Formerly of Mickleton. Born 1879. Lived in Barnard Castle, with his wife Alice at the Coach & Horses Yard, Galgate. Record WO 364/113. Discharged 11th February 1918 as being no longer fit for war service aged 38 years 9 months. Military character: Good. Conduct satisfactory - Trained first aid and ambulance duties. Height 5 feet 9 inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair dark brown.

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              • Riches, Claude Charles

                My grandfather was born 31/7/1900 but lied about his age when he joined up. Because he did so well in his signallers course and he was so young it was decided not to send him to France,. Had he gone we might not have been here. His service number was 301616. His regiment was the 5th (res) Batt the London Regiment, The London Rifle Brigade. I have his 1918 leave on duty ration book showing him as Corporal at Blackdown Camp and a photo dated 1916 with crossed flags on the left sleeve of his uniform.

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                • D'OMBRAIN, ROLAND MANND

                  Rank:Lieutenant
                  Date of Death:08/03/1916
                  Regiment/Service:Indian Army Reserve of Officers attd. 53rd Sikhs (Frontier Force)
                  Panel Reference: Panel 43 and 65. Memorial:BASRA MEMORIAL

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                  • Cranston family of Haddington Scotland

                    This family made a remarkable sacrifice to the Great War. Out of seven sons who went off to fight, four were killed and two more were horrifically wounded. Only one son returned home unscathed. But the affects did not stop there a son left at home suffered from 'survivor guilt' and drank himself to death. It became all too much for the mother who spent her final years in a Mental Asylum, in far away Australia.
                    This sad story has been captured in a recently released book, 'Blood on the Thistle' published by London-based John Blake Publishing. In my humble…

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                    • Private Thomas Mawdsley 320 Australian Machine Gun Corps

                      Died 25/04/1917 age 27 buried GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY
                      Son of James and Ann Mawdsley. Remembered on Waterloo & Taunton War Memorial Ashton under Lyne

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                      • Mr Great Uncle: Private Henry Rose, RAMC. Born in 1874, Hampshire

                        Henry joined up in London, aged nearly 40, with a wife and several children. He had been in the Territorials and had 2 years to complete in the RAMC (6th London Field Ambulance). He was a bandsman.

                        I have several pages of his memoirs and would like to add them, but there are 2 Private Henry Roses in the RAMC, and I have no idea which one was him.

                        He was at Ypres, The Somme & the Battle of High Wood (which may narrow it down a bit). Then the Somme again (Havering Wood), he was in the burial party…

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                        • My grandfather: Private Ernest David John, army number 35296. Born 19 September 1897. Died 17 October 1988. 38th Welsh Division.

                          115th Brigade. 14th Welsh Battalion. Ernest went to France in 1916 having originally joined up as an underage volunteer. He was a survivor of the Battle of Mametz Wood. His army records are missing but according to the Medal Roll he received the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Reference for Ernest David John Victory Medal J/1/roll104. B13 page 4481 also British War Medal. Ernest was also part of a battalion guard of honour to George V at Cassel, August 1916. He saw the rehearsal for the attack on Vimy Ridge at a village near St Omer. Welsh miners…

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                          • Bertrand Russell

                            From wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell#First_World_War

                            During the First World War, Russell was one of the very few people to engage in active pacifist activities, and in 1916, he was dismissed from Trinity College following his conviction under the Defence of the Realm Act.

                            Russell played a significant part in the Leeds Convention in June 1917—an historic event which saw well over a thousand "anti-war socialists" gather; many being delegates from the Independent Labour Party and the Socialist Party, united in their pacifist beliefs and advocating a peace settlement. The international press reported that Russell appeared alongside a number of Labour MPs, including…

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                            • Thomas Cameron RM

                              my grandfather - 20/10/1874 - 20/10/1914 RMLI. Chatham. CH/7630/RFR/B/1024. Enlisted 27/12/1893 - discharged 4/8/1905. re-joined Aug 1914. Died from gunshot to the head at Antwerp. He is on the UK Naval Medal and Award Roll but is not listed on here.

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                              • Herbert Miller

                                I'm having a slow day ... can't find this Herbert Miller's Medal Card either on here or on Ancestry. Would have therefore assumed he didn't serve abroad except for the SDGW entry and the snip from the local newspaper that assures me he died in France.
                                http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1544670/MILLER,%20HERBERT
                                Definitely the one I want as the names of the parents match the newspaper cutting.

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                                • Theodore McArdle, Royal Marine Artillery

                                  I would like to add my grandfather, Theodore Gibson McArdle, who served in the Royal Marine Artillery. His service number was RMA 12785 and was awarded the following medals: 1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-20; Victory Medal; Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-45; Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (King George V issue); Croix de Guerre (Belgium) over his entire period of service. The Croix de Guerre was gazzetted on 17th October 1919 for his service with the RMA Siege Train.

                                  The National Archives' give his date of birth as 28 November 1893, but we think is added a few…

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                                  • Mary Jamieson - forewoman, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps

                                    Most of the WAAC service records were destroyed in the Blitz. All I have is a photo of my grandmother with a group of 6 other WAACs taken at Hare Hall in early 1917, along with family stories and the usual civilian records. She was one of the first to join up and was a forewoman assigned to the 2nd Artists Rifles. She was also stationed outside Lille at some point. Maybe someone might have the same photo or recognise one of the other WAACs in the photo?

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                                    • Missing Life Categories Associated With Royal Navy Ship Crew Lists

                                      Having set up several ‘Communities’ for Royal Navy Ships I note that the following ‘Life Categories’ are missing from ‘Lives of the First World War’

                                      1) Royal Navy Officers

                                      2) Career sailors that joined the service prior to 1899

                                      3) Royal Marine Artillery personnel (RMA)

                                      4) Royal Marine Light Infantry (RMLI)

                                      5) Bandsmen

                                      6) Admiralty Civilians [Canteen Manager, Canteen Assistant/Server, etc.]

                                      7) Royal Navy Reserve personnel

                                      8) Royal Navy Voluntary Reserve personnel

                                      These are the primary reasons why known crew lists cannot be brought into ‘Communities’ in their entirety.

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                                      • Charles Sadd Regimental Number: 23920 Regiment Name: Royal Army Medical Corps Short Service Attestation

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                                        Regimental Number: 863
                                        Regiment Name: Oxfordshire L V Infantry
                                        Short Service Attestation
                                        Home Service only and has no medal index card but I have his Pension records.

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                                        • George Jules Sadd Regimental Number: 4359 2 - 23rd Batt. County of London Regiment Territorial Force Attestation

                                          Home Service only and has no medal index card but I have his Pension records.

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