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World War One / Re: Who was Robert Pawley?
« on: Wednesday 11 July 18 20:08 BST (UK)  »
I am having a similar problem with my local War Memorial.  Having eliminated the usual avenues (BMD, Census, Electoral Rolls), and knowing that many WW1 records were lost, I am left with local newspapers as my last option.

One thought: were there any PAWLEY families on the 1911 census or post-war electoral rolls for the area that could be linked (through earlier censuses) to a Robert?  It is possible that a relative (parent/sibling/widow) could have moved into the area and arranged for him to be added to their local memorial.

Another thought - FreeBMD lists only eight Robert PAWLEYs and five Robert PAULEYs born in England/Wales between 1860 and 1905.  Have you tried matching them against deaths on FreeBMD to see which of them can be immediately eliminated?

All the best.

World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Wednesday 11 July 18 17:11 BST (UK)  »
Many thanks to all responders.

The proved information is being added to the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Memorial page on

I hope that biographical details of all the local 1914-18 Fallen can be found and added before 11 November 2018, so there is still much to do.

Now I'm off to try to find local newspapers from 1914-18.


World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 21:10 BST (UK)  »
Sorry Philip wrong parents.

Service Records on Ancestry check out with the regiment and service number you gave but his parents are James and Ann and a brother Thomas. He was born in Swanscombe, Kent.

Do you need any further info from his records?


Many thanks for checking.  With parents who don't match and a county that doesn't match, this isn't my man.

The search goes on!

World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 19:39 BST (UK)  »
And finally (honestly - this time I mean it!)

Lance Corporal G/2287 Percy BARDEN, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
I am hoping he is Samuel Ethelred Perry BARDEN born Sep qtr 1888 Bow Brickhill, mother Julia, stepfather William WEST.

Any info on age, parentage etc?


World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 19:34 BST (UK)  »
The 1901 has a Harry Morris b 1895 Stoney Stratford parents John & Charlotte

It's looking promising!

World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 19:19 BST (UK)  »
Hi Philip,

Harry Morris but shown as Lance Corporal father was John.  All other details match but no place or date of birth given on soldiers effects site

His MRI card does not show a theatre of war and medals were just the British & Victory

His medal card shows that he was a Private (it is poorly written & slightly unclear), it might therefore mean that he was perhaps only an acting Lance Corporal rather than a Full Lance Corporal, but difficult to know for sure as his service record does not survive.

Hope this helps anyway.

Kind regards


That is brilliant!
Harry Morris with father John gives me enough information to check local censuses to see if I can find a match.

Once again - huge thanks to you and CaroleW.


World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 18:52 BST (UK)  »
I have found details for two 'mystery names' and CaroleW and DavidJP have found details for two more.  Huge thanks to you both.

The last name on my list is H MORRIS.  There are several on the CWGC, many of which can be discounted as they have family outside my area.

I am hoping that Private 21237 MORRIS H, 6th Battalion Ox & Bucks Light Infantry might be my man.  He died on 30 Aug 1916 and is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery (in the area of the Somme).

Please could I push my luck (and your kindness) a little further and ask if there is a Service Record, Effects Register and/or M-I-C to answer:
1) When was he born?
Who were his parents/next of kin?
3) When did he join up?


World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 17:34 BST (UK)  »
Name number 2:

Sidney William BREWER born 1893 Fenny Stratford, parents William John and Kate BREWER.
pte 1807 East Kent Regiment, died 26 Aug 1916, buried Iraq.

Is there a record with his date of enlistment?
(or a MRI card to see if he was awarded the 1914 or 1914-15 Star)?

As always - many thanks.


World War One / Re: Does his record survive?
« on: Friday 06 July 18 17:13 BST (UK)  »

Sadly no trace of a WW1 record

Oh, boo and bother!  Many thanks for looking.
He was on the 1901 and 1911 censuses with grandparents, birth registered 1890 gives mmn BLISS but I can't see a parents' marriage.

Ah well, on to the next name!


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