What can I do if I have photos but can't pin down the right Life Story?
I'd like to upload some photos I have of my great uncle during WW1, but I don't know his service number, only that he served in Egypt in the RAMC. There are 3 possible Life Stories with the same name (William H Whitehead). I've tried searching Records for the 3 service numbers given, but can't find anything to rule any of them out. Nor can I find anything by searching on his name to link to Egypt. Any suggestions gratefully received.
Do you know where/when he was born?
Barbara Forey commented
Thanks for your replies and suggestions.
The photos clearly show the round red cross arm patch, and although his cap badge is hard to make out in the photos, I'm fairly sure it is the RAMC badge.
I have already tried searching on just "William", and also on "Harry" which is how he was generally known in the family. I'll keep trying your other ideas, and I've also realised that he has sarjeant stripes in one of the photos, so that may help track him down.
There is a William H Whitehead in the Royal Army Service Corps who served in Egypt from 7 November 1915. His lifestory is here:
If your photographs show your great uncle's cap badge, then that would help to confirm that he served in the RAMC rather than the RASC.
Hi, thanks for your question. It may be worth widening out your search to include 'William Whitehead' as well as 'William H Whitehead' - individuals did not always enlist using their middle name. There is a chance that your great uncle's service record may have survived, which would provide details of service - it often contains information about address, family, etc. which would help to narrow it down to the correct person: https://search.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/search/world-records/british-army-service-records?firstname=william&firstname_variants=true&lastname=whitehead&keywords=royal army medical corps
It may also be worth getting in touch with the Museum of Military Medicine in case they have any further details: https://museumofmilitarymedicine.org.uk/collections/research-enquires/ Good luck with your research! Best Wishes, Charlotte