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Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi All..I have an ancestor of fighting age in 1914 but I cant find any record of him 'joining up'.
I realise he may not have enlisted etc but was conscription compulsory during this time?

His brother signed up at an early age  and ultimately died as a POW.


Any suggestions??
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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:15 GMT (UK) »
A medical problem perhaps? Flat feet, poor eyesight etc.

Or perhaps he was in a Reserved Occupation?

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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:16 GMT (UK) »
Over 60% of WW1 service records were burnt during the WW2 blitz - perhaps that's why you can't find anything on him

As his brother died - his details will be held on the cwgc.org website
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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:19 GMT (UK) »
Over 60% of WW1 service records were burnt during the WW2 blitz - perhaps that's why you can't find anything on him

As his brother died - his details will be held on the cwgc.org website

I agree with Carole, that is probably the reason.
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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:21 GMT (UK) »
Hi CaroleW

I have info on the deceased brother but cant find anything on this chap.
Hi name was George Dowd, resident of Derby, last info on him is the 1901 Census. ???
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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:27 GMT (UK) »
The Medal Roll Index has 5 entries for George Dowd and one for George E in various regiments.  If he was from Derbyshire it's a possibility he enlisted in a Yorkshire regiment for which there are 2 entries

The MRI does not show birthplaces - only rank, regiment and service number

What regiment was his brother in?

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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:30 GMT (UK) »
There's also Royal Navy,Marines and Air Force to consider
What was his date of birth ?

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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:31 GMT (UK) »
The Medal Roll Index has 5 entries for George Dowd and one for George E in various regiments.  If he was from Derbyshire it's a possibility he enlisted in a Yorkshire regiment for which there are 2 entries

The MRI does not show birthplaces - only rank, regiment and service number

What regiment was his brother in?
His brother James was in the Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derby Regt.
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Re: Why wasnt my Great Uncle in WW1 theatre of war??
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 11 November 17 23:32 GMT (UK) »
There's also Royal Navy,Marines and Air Force to consider
What was his date of birth ?

Ady
Hi Ady, DOB was circa 1888  :-\
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