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World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Tuesday 13 March 18 11:35 GMT (UK)  »
Thought so. Good to get a second opinion. Many thanks  :D

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Tuesday 13 March 18 10:42 GMT (UK)  »
Hi again. I realise I may not be able to get a definitive answer to the following questions, but here goes. Best guess is fine.

I've done some digging since the last posting, and when I add the findings to the info you gave me I find that granddads brigade :-
         --took part in the 3rd Battle of Krithia (6-13 Aug 1915) and thereafter and for the rest of the Gallipoli campaign they were involved in trench warfare including around Fusilier Bluff.
         --Evacuation from Gallipoli ...28th Dec.1915
         --Returned to Egypt via Mudros (on Island of Lemnos)...January 1916 where they were      employed in defence of the Suez Canal.
         --Grandad discharged from the army, wounded, 4 months later on 30 May, 3 months short of the battle at Ramani against the Ottoman empire on the Sinai Peninsula (so wounds were not inflicted there).

I'm assuming then that his wounds may have been inflicted at Gallipoli, and my question is....was it common then for injured men to remain in overseas hospitals for that length of time before being discharged or sent home? Did most recovery time happen while still overseas? And at what point were men usually discharged.....when deemed unable to continue as a soldier, or on arrival back in the homeland?

The Common Room / Re: Emma Sills
« on: Monday 12 March 18 08:16 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Crisane. So good of you to look. I don't have access to ancestry so I'm so grateful for your help. That gives me something to go on  :)

I've seen a photo of Emma on her wedding day. She certainly looks exotic. Maybe from way back in the genetic pool.

The Common Room / Emma Sills
« on: Monday 12 March 18 04:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. I'm very much hoping someone can help me to locate the background history of EMMA SILLS, born on the South Island of New Zealand 13/7/1869.
She married a GEORGE BEVINGTON ROWE 1896 (although I've also heard 1899) in Rangiora, Canterbury, NZ.

Emma's father's name was ROBERT.

Word coming down through history is that Emma Sills was of Mexican/Spanish decent ( but there has also been a rumour of Greece).

It would be SO good if we could find out one way or another. Please help if you can. THANK YOU!!! A BIG ask, I know...gulp!

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Saturday 10 March 18 11:30 GMT (UK)  »
WOW....thanks A LOT MaxD for the info and the research addresses. I had no idea any medals were involved. That's awesome to know.
Thanks so much for your interest and help everybody. I am so much further ahead than I was this time yesterday. And the young man in our family who has inherited Grandad's SWB is overwhelmed to know the precious history behind it.

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 22:52 GMT (UK)  »
Ok. Understood. Thanks Gwil. I've just found out that the badge reads For King and Country. Services Rendered.

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 22:37 GMT (UK)  »
YOU FOLK ARE TOTALLY AMAZING!!! And Gwil I strongly suspect you have found the right man as William was from Ardwick, Manchester and I always thought he'd been in Gallipoli but can't pinpoint where or when I heard that; just random information which has floated up through the passage of time.
One question which has me puzzled....If William was discharged injured on 30 May 1916 why would he be arriving at the Western Front in March 1917? Called up again? If so then I can see that we as a family were extremely fortunate to get him back a second time, and that we are all here today as a result. I can remember him showing me his war-wounds...very deep scars where chunks of flesh had disappeared.

Oh, and what does a Silver Badge represent? I am still waiting for a nephew to send me a photo of the badge but he does say that from memory words on it say something about Britain and Returned Soldiers.

I'm arriving in England in September to do what I'm calling The Grandad Trail, visiting sites where I know he was and lived/worked etc, so I am SO SO thrilled to have the gap of his war years very likely filled in  :D THANKS AGAIN

World War One / Re: Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 03:09 GMT (UK)  »
Oh, and I should have said that he would have been with British forces in WW1.

World War One / Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 03:05 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone. I've had no joy finding records of my grandfather's war service, however on photos he always wears the same badge. A relative messages me that it has the number 102146 on it. Is this a service number? I can't make out what the badge actually looks like or says. His name is William King though. Help.

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