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World War One / Query about medal cards
« on: Friday 25 April 14 19:35 BST (UK)  »
     I have my grandfather's medal ribbon (the standard one I think), but no medal. I suspect he never claimed the medal, if that was what had to happen, and does not seem to be in the medal cards index. What was the procedure - how did he get the ribbon, but no medal? I know he served in the Army Service Corps, but there are no pictures, no official record and it is almost as if he was never there.

Australia / Bishopsbourne, Tasmania
« on: Saturday 05 April 14 13:25 BST (UK)  »
    I have just discovered this small settlement in Tasmania. I was intrigued because I live very close to the original (as far as I know the only) Bishopsbourne, which is in Kent, England. It too is a very small place. Assuming that the village in Tasmania was named by someone from here in Kent, I wonder if anyone knows the history of it, and names of early settlers?

World War One / Canadian Soldier
« on: Wednesday 12 March 14 20:32 GMT (UK)  »
   I am looking at a list of Canadian soldiers returning home in 1918, mostly medically unfit I think. The soldier in question is listed with his unit as 1st. CORD, original unit 15th, category B. I am wondering what the "CORD" means and the cat. B? I suspect he may have been a POW.

Kent / Hothfield baptism
« on: Wednesday 26 February 14 21:59 GMT (UK)  »
   Does anyone have access to the registers of Hothfield? I have found a baptism in Findmypast of John Tong on 27th Feb 1731, but the original is not available to view. I am hoping this means Feb. 1731, old style, as the likely parents were married 25th May 1731!

The Common Room / WDYTYA Live - any tips?
« on: Tuesday 18 February 14 13:20 GMT (UK)  »
    I am going to WDYTYA on Friday. I have never been to Olympia and wondered if any of you people have any tips. I know how I am getting there, and have looked at the rather vague plans on the Olympia website. I hope to be able to leave some clothing in a cloakroom? How is the catering? Anything else I should know?

Kent / Kent Archives
« on: Thursday 16 January 14 16:53 GMT (UK)  »
      I wondered how people are getting on with the Archives, now they have been open some time. I have not been there, but have just had a rather unsatisfactory phone call with them - having started off as usual with the contact centre, and been passed around.

New Zealand Completed Requests / Barbadoes Street cemetery
« on: Saturday 04 January 14 21:42 GMT (UK)  »
    I live in England, but my grandfather and great grandparents are buried in the Barbadoes Street cemetery in Christchurch. I know from websites I have recently looked at that it was badly affected in the earthquake. The sites I looked at all dated from 2011 and they were all very despondent about the future. Does anyone know how things look now?

World War One / Prisoner of war
« on: Sunday 18 August 13 22:20 BST (UK)  »
   My grandfathers cousin, who moved to Canada in 1905, joined up in 1914 in Canada. I think, from a remark made on a postcard by his sister, that he may have been a prisoner in Germany. I have seen his attestation papers on the Canadian Archives site, and a scrawled note seems to say - Batt. 15 Coy E.
   Would any records of his service be in Canada? (I am in U.K.) Any guidance gratefully received.

The Common Room / Apprentice printer compositor
« on: Friday 31 May 13 23:10 BST (UK)  »
    I am trying to find out a little more about a recently discovered relative, who died young in 1887. He appeared in the 1881 census as a printer compositor, aged 19, boarding with a "master printer", presumably working for him. I am wondering if he would have had to be formally apprenticed, although the master printer appears in 1871 as a news agent. On his death certificate he is Journeyman printer, and the informant is another printer compositor. The young man in question is John Pay, born 1862, and living in Ramsgate.
    Also the address where he died is I think 1 Camden Road, which in 1891 is the M U O F Club. I wonder if this is something to do with Oddfellows?

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