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World War Two / Re: Ukrainian POWs
« on: Wednesday 14 December 16 14:46 GMT (UK)  »
If he stayed in the UK, and was naturalised, its worth looking at the naturalisation papers at Kew...

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World War One / Re: uniform of irish guards markings
« on: Wednesday 14 December 16 14:36 GMT (UK)  »
Has the picture been scanned in yet??

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World War One / Re: Soldiers Effects why advertise?
« on: Wednesday 14 December 16 14:34 GMT (UK)  »
Was it his sister or a "Sister Ann"...Nurse or nun??...If a nun, she would be unable to accept due to vows of poverty, if a nursing sister...she possibly felt that the money belonged to the family...


Depends upon the actual wording ...

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World War One / Re: Hospital Scene in school perhaps
« on: Wednesday 14 December 16 14:27 GMT (UK)  »
I used to work in our local mental hospital which closed in 2002. Inside the hospital there was a ballroom with a wood floor and a stage. It was very similar to the room in the photograph. 

I was just going to say the same thing. Our local mental hospital was certainly used as a war hospital during WW1. The hall also had a gallery which would have enabled such a view to be taken.


I agree...A War Hospital in a "Mental Hospital" which had been turned over for the duration. Although some schools were used, and in fact Birmingham University became No1 Southern General Hospital, I am opined that this is the case...

I also worked for several years in an old psychiatric hospital...A load of buildings which periodically suddenly catch fire...The concert hall there was an early victim...Along with a very old projector and the Steinway...Some of the buildings have been converted, but the East Wing and the main body and clock tower are in a shocking state of disrepair, and another fire destroyed several wards last year :(

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World War One / Re: WW1 regiment help please
« on: Tuesday 15 March 16 13:09 GMT (UK)  »
A little more info -apparently this is the Home Guard uniform!

His parents 'bought him out' of the army as they had already lost 2 of their sons in 1916.
Apparently he was known as Conchie - which I assume is short for conciencious objector?

Would there be any records of this anywhere?
William Johnson b 30 Sep 1900

TIA.

Which pic are you referring to?? There are definitely no HG pics on this thread.  ???

And as for buying him out in 1916?? Sorry, but this could not/would not have happened. If born in 1900 he was patently too young for the army, and he would hve been discharged as under age, and making a false attestation.

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Northamptonshire / Re: Austin, Black Lion Hill
« on: Wednesday 18 November 15 19:31 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. I seen this post on a family member search of bertram wilfred robert austin who is my great grandfather. His daughter gwendoline Bradley  (austin) is my grandmother.  1 of her 3 sons malcolm bradley is my father  (deceased in 2014)I am helen wood. I believe from this information we are related and george must be my great uncle. So I thought I would share and contact you. Hope to hear back from you.  Regards  Helen Wood

Sounds lovely!!

Sadly you cannot send personal messages until you have posted three times...but I do look forward to hearing from you. Are you still local to Northamptonshire???

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Do you know her date of departure from the UK?

They may have been in Cairo or Alexandria.   Or they may have been deployed to Forward Field Hospitals.

Has she left any photographs  in Albums?

If she was  in Iraq  she probably  passed through the port of Basra.
I have a couple of photos of her in what looks like Egypt, however they can't be accessed till I get home to Oz from UK in mid September. I think she left UK not long after 14 August 1942. Her medals include the 8th Army Africa Star

The picture you put up at the bottom of this post is not of someone in QAIMNS sadly. It is quite possibly wartime, but it is a civilian Nurse with training chevrons.

There are a number of books that you may find of interest

http://www.ams-shop.org.uk/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=111

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sisters-Arms-British-Nurses-Their/dp/0753825678/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1441307747&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=sisters++QAIMNS+QARANC

I have some period photos of QAs in North Africa and Italy, sadly they are packed atm


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World War One / Re: WW1 regiment help please
« on: Thursday 03 September 15 19:58 BST (UK)  »
On the question of Lanyards,   They could be just an inexpensive accessory that a man who did not need one as a part of his official uniform, would buy and wear  for a photograph.

I know this because my dad wore one for his marriage in June 1940.

Most men actually made their own during down time, of which there was was a lot. The issue jack knife was normally attached and stuffed in the top pocket.

The bandolier, unless you can see the rear cannot be used to identify mounted units as the infantry were issued the 1903 ptn leather bandolier  equipment, as were the cavalry/mounted units

http://www.karkeeweb.com/patterns/1903/components/1903_bandoliers.html

The best way to discern mounted or not is to look at the puttees: wound bottom to top, infantry; top to bottom mounted. BUT...the infantry had mounted sections/platoons...so...beware ;)

Collar dogs were mentioned. Very very few units wore them in WW1. They were not usual until the 1922 ptn of service dress uniform came in.

I wouldnt like to say as to what the badge is.


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World War One / Re: WW1 military information
« on: Thursday 03 September 15 19:44 BST (UK)  »
Have you looked for his medal index card yet??

That would be a useful start. :)

Another tip is to look on the 1911 census, and then on the Absent Voters Lists, usually found at your local county archive...This will also give you his regiment/corps

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