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Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Sunday 13 November 11 13:30 GMT (UK)  »
I guessed that would have been the case.  :)  Thank you Ade  :)

Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Sunday 13 November 11 12:15 GMT (UK)  »
I do have his medals bearing the Nottingham and Derby Regiment on them but I suppose if he was transferred across at the end of the war he would still be classed as a Sherwood Forrester? 

Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Sunday 13 November 11 11:59 GMT (UK)  »
Or maybe when he was released at the end of the war?  :)

Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Sunday 13 November 11 11:22 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Ady, a most interesting reply.  :)

I agree that he was most likely captured in France if it was to be by the Germans.

What puzzles me, maybe you can explain, why would be also serve with the Durham Light Infantry?
I've seen this on his medal card and often wondered why?  :)


Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Saturday 12 November 11 15:57 GMT (UK)  »
Very interesting Ken, thank you.  :)   I can't wait for those to come out.  I'll have to be very patient.   ??? ::)


Armed Forces / Re: POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Friday 11 November 11 20:27 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Trevor.  :)

Armed Forces / POW - John William WHETTON
« on: Friday 11 November 11 18:38 GMT (UK)  »
Today I was thinking about my grandfather, as I often do, who was fortunate enough to survive WW1.

It would be interesting if I could find out more about his time in the war but so far I've not found out much. I think I once tried to find out but records for Prisoners of War do not seem to exist.

My mother always tells the tale of how he was captured by Germans - don't know where - and was kept in stocks. Food was very scarce but because of his lovely singing voice a girl on the other side of the fence heard him, took pity on him and sneaked bread through the holes in the fence. He hid it away from his captors and managed to survive with this girl's help 

How much of this is true or part of my mother's imagination (she has a vivid imagination!!) I don't know. It would be good to find out but don't know how I would.

He was John William WHETTON (born 1889 in Clay Cross, Derbyshire) of the Nottingham & Derby Regiment (Sherwood Forresters) and, according to his war records, was in Egypt. Presumably this would be where he was taken prisoner.  His regiment No. was 22500.

I'm wondering if he was taken to Belgium. I have a passport of his showing he travelled there after in 1920, maybe to visit a lady out there, the one who helped him?

Maybe someone here could shed a bit of light on this but I'm afraid the information I have is very sketchy.  :( 

Other Countries / Re: How do I find someone in Singapore?
« on: Wednesday 20 January 10 16:55 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you very much ShaunJ for this information.  :)

Since my last post I had found out about the death of G.A. BEST but I was unaware that he had married.
Therefore the article regarding his wife's unfortunate death is very interesting and  has now confirmed he was indeed married.

This has now given me another lead to find out more about Evelyn Francis BEST.  I wonder whether they married in England or Singapore?   Also whether there were any children from the marriage?

Thanks again for finding this out for me.  ;D

Canada Lookup Requests Completed / Re: Trying to find a Marcia Fletcher
« on: Thursday 16 April 09 20:50 BST (UK)  »
 :)  Thank you very much Geoff.  I have passed the telephone number onto my cousin.

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