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Are you sitting comfortably ? then I'll begin !!
« on: Friday 12 January 07 01:59 GMT (UK) »
Most people know how I go gaga over WW1 soldiers .......... but this soldier is an enigma ........

It all started when I got this email from France ....

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25 years ago, when I was General Secretary of the town hall of LA COUTURE, a village between ARMENTIERES and BETHUNE, just on the western front, I found, among old coins and a button of british trench coat, a piece of metal engraved in english.

Since that day, I search in the british cemeteries of my sector the grave of the man (there are many of them near my home)

In fact, with help of members of the forum and of a new friend from minnesota one day I see I mistaked, the man survived the conflict an go back alive at home Watford / Walford Road, Anfield Liverpool

The memory of this men, that I do not know haunt my spirit, my best wish is to restore the wrist tag to his descent, if it exist, that is very very important for me.

Of course, no money in this history, just to be in peace with my soul, this medal is not mine, it must go back in his real place.

Do you think someone is able to take, in a first time few photos of the house of Stead where he goes back after been discharged in 1918 ?

The man in question is ...........

2nd Lt Robert William Stead MGC ... I have a photo of what looks like a dog tag of some sort or a wrist tag with his name and regiment and also he was C of E ..........

I have copies of his service record ...... but would love to be able to give my French friend peace of mind and see if we can get this tag back to it's rightful owners !!

I'd appreciate all the help we can get !! I have asked on the Lancashire board - if the street is still in exsistence .... all thoughts are welcome !!

http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,206951.from1168565017/topicseen.html#msg1058616

Thanking you in advance

Annie  :) :)
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« Reply #1 on: Friday 12 January 07 11:30 GMT (UK) »
Hi Annie,

I agree with Retiringtype in the other message that the road name is probably Watford Road http://tinyurl.com/ud84t , behind Arkles Lane which means it's just around the corner from the Anfield Ground.

If I'm passing any time during daylight I'll take a photograph, do we have any idea of the house number?

Although this aerial photograph is a few years old, it gives you an idea of where the street is in relation to the football ground and Stanley Park http://www.redandwhitekop.com/forum/index.php?topic=17672.msg250208 the road near the bottom of the picture, running off the right side of it will be Arkles Lane and parallel to it, but just off the picture will be Watford Road.

The place to advertise for any family members still living will be the Old Pals Section of the Liverpool Echo http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/expats/ which is free to post on there and many people have been lucky in making contacts.

Hope this helps a bit Annie.

Mary

Amended because I typed the wrong name of the road.  Sorry guys, not feeling 100% today
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Lunt (Wavertree/West Derby), Forshaw (West Derby), Richardson (Knowsley), Kent (Cheshire),
Cain (Hertfordshire, London), Larkins (Bedfordshire, London), Nunn (London), Lenton, Hillyard (Bedfordshire),
Parle, Lambert, Furlong, Wafer (Wexford)
Special separate interest in Longford (Blackrock, Dublin)

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« Reply #2 on: Friday 12 January 07 11:35 GMT (UK) »
Annie,

This story gives me goosebumps. Very interested to see how this turns out. Keep us posted.

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Wexford and Staffordshire: Hayes, McClean
Galway and Staffordshire: Scott
Coventry: Wells, Collins, Palmer, Moody, Beck, Mickelwright, Husbands
Ireland: McNulty (Sligo), Kealy, Murphy (Carlow) Connolly, Gillen, Powell, Ryan, Moore, Martin
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« Reply #3 on: Friday 12 January 07 13:56 GMT (UK) »


Thank you Mary !

A photo would be great !! ( or whoever goes that way first !!  :) :) :) )

I'm really hoping Rootschatter's will give us some clues Kath !! I'd love to be able to find his relatives  !!

Annie  :)



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« Reply #4 on: Friday 12 January 07 13:59 GMT (UK) »
hello
Watford Road is still  there  , it backs onto Arkles Lane and runs between Anfield Road and Priory Road . I live off Priory Road
Doreen

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« Reply #5 on: Friday 12 January 07 14:06 GMT (UK) »
Now Annie, you will have to keep posting to one thread instead of two, now Doreen doesn't know that you are interested in memories such as street parties and the Coronation and such, she may well know people who were around in the street at that time.

Hi Doreen, how are you?

Mary
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Cain (Hertfordshire, London), Larkins (Bedfordshire, London), Nunn (London), Lenton, Hillyard (Bedfordshire),
Parle, Lambert, Furlong, Wafer (Wexford)
Special separate interest in Longford (Blackrock, Dublin)

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« Reply #6 on: Friday 12 January 07 14:12 GMT (UK) »


OK Miss !!   ;D ;D

I'll say thank you on the other one !!!

Hi Doreen I'd love to hear anything you know about Watford Road ? do you know anything about the families there ?

Annie  :)
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« Reply #7 on: Friday 12 January 07 14:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi Annie

Presumably you have seen this thread on the GWF.  It seems Michel has recruited another sleuth before you!

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t44137.html

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(Hope you feel better soon Mary)

(Naughty Annie for double-posting!!)

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SOM: BIRD, BURT aka BROWN
HEF: BAUGH, LATHAM, CARTER, PRITCHARD
GLS: WEBB, WORKMAN, LATHAM, MALPUS
WIL: WEBB, SALTER
RAD: PRITCHARD, WILLIAMS
GLA: RYAN, KEARNEY, JONES, HARRY
MON: WEBB, MORGAN, WILLIAMS, JONES, BIRD
SCOTLAND: HASTINGS, CAMERON, KELSO, BUCHANAN, BETHUNE/ BEATON
IRELAND: RYAN (WATERFORD), KEARNEY (DUBLIN), BOYLE(DUNDALK)

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« Reply #8 on: Friday 12 January 07 14:18 GMT (UK) »
hello folks
will see what I can find out  and ask if any old fotys are knocking around
Doreen